Forbes.com alvo de espionagem chinesa dirigida a utilizadores específicos
Forbes.com tornou-se no site de maior popularidade, até à data e que se conheça, a ser comprometido por uma ação de espionagem. Foi infectado por hackers chineses com software que teve como alvo visitantes específicos, incluindo funcionários de empresas do sector da Defesa e de companhias dos EUA que atuam na área financeira, revelam duas empresas de cibersegurança.
Forbes.com was infected by Chinese
malware that targeted specific users
- Jim Finkle, Reuters Feb. 10, 2015, 1:19 PM
The Forbes.com financial news site was infected by Chinese hackers with spying software that targeted specific visitors, including those at U.S. financial services and defense firms, according to two cybersecurity firms.
An example of malware code REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
The hackers infected Forbes.com in November with software that automatically attacked visitors by exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser and Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software, cybersecurity firms iSight Partners Inc and Invincea Inc said on Tuesday.
The firms said they only had a limited view into the attacks based on customer data and other intelligence.
They said they only identified a few organizations in the defense and financial services sectors that were targeted and declined to identify them. They also said they did not know if the hackers had succeeding in stealing any data, though they believed other visitors to Forbes.com were affected.
Forbes.com is the most popular website known to be compromised as part of an espionage campaign, according to iSight researcher John Hultquist. Previous cyberattacks on popular websites have involved malware used by cyber criminals, not spies, he said.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston. Additional reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York.; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)