Dell Secureworks has identified a Chinese hacking group targeting various websites belonging to high-profile targets that include defense manufacturers in the US and the UK.
The Chinese hacking group identified as Emissary Panda also identified as Threat Group 3390 has set-up various global traps to siphon off data from the websites.
The group has been tracking for two years as it targeted more than 100 organizations, about half from the US and UK.
“The targets included the usual sectors, including electronics, automotive, oil and gas, pharma, defense, law, with a number of attacks on the sort of educational and political organizations that seem to fascinate Chinese cybercriminals or their paymasters,” Computerworld Magazine reported Wednesday.
In a report by Dell Secureworks, Emissary Panda uses strategic web compromises to infect very specific targets, including embassies spanning Africa, Europe and Asia and non-governmental organizations focused on international relations and defense.
Government targets, large manufacturing companies and energy firms have also been infected with a number of tools designed to steal information.
“The Emissary Panda hackers are choosy about what they steal, typically doing a directory dump of everything they access before coming back for only small bits of any trove. They often ignore interesting documents in favor of very specific ones, he believes because their ultimate customer for the data has very targeted interests,” Dell SecureWorks researcher Aaron Hackworth was quoted as saying by the magazine.
According to the report, there are a number of reasons why China has been identified as the origin of the cyber group.
The hackers use the Baidu search engine when doing target reconnaissance, the types of targets reflect Chinese interests and the group's activities all coincide with standard working times in China, Dell said.
Relations between the US and China are becoming increasingly strained after recent cyber-attacks against the US Office of Personnel Management and United Airlines.
US intelligence agencies are currently holding classified meetings to discuss retaliation options, while China has consistently denied involvement.
Japan will hold international cyber conference on November 7 that is focused on mechanisms of international cooperation in countering hacker attacks. The conference held at the nations Okinawa city will discuss on cyber communication, cyber security and cybercrime About 300 politicians, businessmen and scientists from various countries are expected to participate in the Cyber3 conference
Suspected hackers issued ‘unexplainable commands to Germany's Patriot missile defense battery on the Syrian-Turkish border Tuesday. German monthly Behördenspiegel reported Tuesday that attackers might have found vulnerable spots in the system
A group of hackers supposedly affiliated with the Chinese military has spent years infiltrating the American aerospace industry and US trading partners in the space industry, a US cybersecurity company CrowdStrike said Monday. Officials from CrowdStrike accused the Shanghai-based unit 61486 of the Peoples Liberation Army 12th bureau of attacking American and other western networks in cyber-assaults that date back at least as far as to 2007, according to reports
A day after Chinese hackers took the rap for a cyber attack against Australia and stealing designs for a new spy HQ, Australias Prime Minister Julia Gillard called the reports “inaccurate”. Gillards statement further strengthens Chinas consistent denials of any state-sponsored hacking against the West
The Chinese government has charged two former members of the Peoples Armed Police Force (PAPF) with conducting espionage for Taiwan. A Hong Kong-based news website Takungpao reported on Monday that prosecutors in Jiangsu province have accused two former PAPF officers of spying for a Taiwan intelligence agency
South Chinas Guangdong Provincial government has displayed a series of espionage cases involving overseas secret agencies. The exhibition conducted last Wednesday showed that along with rapid development of cyber technology, the internet has become a major tool for overseas spys to gather intelligence and incite defection, Chinese Sina news daily reported Monday
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