China-Based Hackers May Have Used Twitter, Google to Attack Dalai Lama, UN
Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 @ 15:35:51 UTC
Topic: Social Networking


A group of researchers has linked a huge, China-based cyber espionage ring to the theft of thousands of documents — including classified information, visa applications, and personal identities — from “politically sensitive targets” around the world.

The command-and-control infrastructure of this so-called Shadow Network used platforms such as Twitter, Google Groups, Blogspot, Baidu Blogs, blog.com and Yahoo Mail to maintain persistent control of infected computers. They also used Tor, a system designed to grant online anonymity to political protesters, crime victims, journalists and others. The network then attacked targets ranging from the Offices of the Dalai Lama to the United Nations as well as officials of the Indian and Pakistani governments. Not all the attacked organizations can be positively identified, but researchers are confident that India was the primary target.


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