Hacker group found in China, linked to big cyberattacks
BOSTON (REUTERS) - Computer security experts have discovered a group of highly sophisticated computer hackers operating for hire, a US computer security firm said on Tuesday, and it linked the group to some of the best-known cyber-espionage attacks out of China in recent years.
Symantec said the hacker group, which it dubbed "Hidden Lynx", was among the most technically advanced of several dozen groups believed to be running cyber-espionage operations out of China. Unlike a previous report by another company, Symantec did not allege Chinese government involvement in the cyberattacks.
Symantec's 28-page report said its researchers believe the Hidden Lynx group may have been involved with the 2009 Operation Aurora attacks, the most well-known cyber-espionage campaign uncovered to date against companies in the United States.
In Operation Aurora, hackers attacked Google and dozens of other companies, including Adobe Systems. Google disclosed the attacks in January 2010, in which hackers tried to read Gmail communications of human rights activists and also attempted to access and change source code at targeted companies.