This article was published on August 13, 2013

Chinese hackers suspected of New York Times attack are back with more damaging malware


Chinese hackers suspected of New York Times attack are back with more damaging malware
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Last year, the New York Times fell victim to a four-month long hacking campaign apparently originating from China after publishing an investigative report on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family finances in October.

Now the alleged attackers are back with a vengeance, according to the researchers at security firm FireEye in a blog post.

The attackers “appear to be mounting fresh assaults that leverage new and improved versions of malware” in a series of new campaigns spotted by the FireEye researchers when analyzing a recent attempted attack on an organization involved in shaping economic policy.

The researchers noted that the revised techniques, tactics, or procedures (TTPs) taken by these attackers have been a “sudden” change and warned that when larger and more successful hacking groups retool their TTPs, it can be a formidable threat.

➤ FireEye blog post

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