Chinese hackers are now being linked to the biggest espionage attacks in history. Symantec revealed this group is the most technically advanced of several dozen thought to be running cyber espionage enterprises out of China.
Symantec sells software and other services to protect corporate and
user computer systems from cyber attacks, and is also used by hackers in
Symantec has a 28 page report describing this “Hidden Lynx,”
as a professional organization which staffs between 50 to 100 people
all geared towards stealing information and breaching networks.
The company stated their researchers believe Hidden Lynx might be
responsible for the 2009 Operation Aurora attacks. The most well-known
cyber espionage company uncovered to date.
Operation Aurora is known for attacks on Google’s Gmail, Adobe Systems, and 30 other high profile companies.
In January 2010, Google disclosed the attacks in which hackers tried
to read Gmail communications of human rights activists and to access
then change source code at targeted companies.
A Symantec researcher Liam O’Murchu said the company was not able to
determine which people were behind Hidden Lynx or if it was linked to
the Chinese government or not.
Although, there was a separate study released in February from
Mandiant, a firm that follows Chinese hackers, saying that a secret unit
of the Chinese military was engaged in the cyber espionage on the
Symantic reports several attacks to Hidden Lynx, including a breach
at a cybersecurity firm Bit9 and follow-on attacks at three Bit9
Hidden Lynx is also connected to a campaign dubbed Voho, which was
spotted last year by EMC’s Corp RSA’s security company. Voho targeted
hundreds of organizations, financial services, technology departments,
healthcare companies, and government agencies.
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