Cross-border Asian hacking group behind attacks on Asian defence firms: Report
LONDON (AP) - The group thought to be behind a 2011 cyberattack on Japan's Parliament is also responsible for a string of electronic break-ins at Asian defence companies, security company Kaspersky said in a report on Thursday.
The Moscow-based antivirus vendor said the hackers, who hit personal computers used by Japanese lawmakers in a widely publicised attack two years ago, also stole commercial blueprints, design material, and budget documents from a string of South Korean and Japanese military contractors in the months that followed.
"They are targeting the supply chain for the bigger defence contractors," researcher Costin Raiu said in a telephone interview.
He said the speed of the break-ins - the quickest of which ended less than an hour after the hackers began scanning their victims' computers - and the highly selective nature of the files they stole suggested they were guns for hire.