Thursday, Jul 31, 2014Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
 

Hackers circulate tainted version of China cyber security report

Published on Feb 23, 2013 6:19 AM
 
A cyber warfare expert works on his Apple laptop computer during a portrait session in Charlotte, North Carolina in this Dec 1, 2011 file photograph. Unknown hackers are trying to infect computers by capitalizing on strong interest in a recent report by a security firm that accuses the Chinese military of supporting widespread cyber attacks on United States (US) companies. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Unknown hackers are trying to infect computers by capitalising on strong interest in a recent report by a security firm that accuses the Chinese military of supporting widespread cyber attacks on United States (US) companies.

Tainted digital versions of the report from cyber forensics firm Mandiant infect PCs with computer viruses that allow hackers to gain remote control of computers after users attempt to read those documents, according to security researchers.

Anti-virus software maker Symantec Corp said on its blog that some of those tainted documents were attached to Japanese-language emails purporting to be from someone recommending the report.

Security engineer Brandon Dixon said on his blog that he had identified a similar document on the Internet, which appeared to have originated in India.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos