Watching the crooks: Researcher monitors cyber-espionage ring
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 26/07/2012 20:52
Good guys are keeping an eye on large espionage and botnet campaigns that are stealing corporate secrets from government and private industry and money from peoples' bank accounts.
Researchers have uncovered a huge amount of malware and registered domains being used by criminals linked to China who are conducting cyber-espionage on a wide range of government, industry, and human rights activists.
The growing menace from these "Advanced Persistent Threats" is detailed in a report unveiled today called "Chasing APT." In an interview at the Black Hat security conference here, Joe Stewart, director of malware research at Dell Secureworks Counter Threat Unit, said that over the last 18 months he's been monitoring attacks designed to steal data from organizations around the world. Two primary groups, in Shanghai and Beijing, appear to be behind the attack operations, he said.