Chinese hackers reportedly infected to spy on specific visitors


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

 Powered by Max Banner Ads According to two cybersecurity firms, iSight Partners and Invincea, financial news site Forbes. com was infected with spying software by Chinese hackers in November 2014, with the objective of snooping on specific visitors. The visitors targeted by the spying software reportedly included those at US financial services and defense firms. Going by the details shared by iSight Partners and Invincea on Tuesday, Chinese hackers who infected the Forbes. com website had inserted malware into the website’s ‘Thought of the Day’ widget which shows up whenever visitors access any page on the site. The cybersecurity firms said that the malware installed by the hackers automatically attacked visitors by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser and Adobe Systems’ Flash software. As per the two cybersecurity firms, the application used on the Forbes. com landing page was compromised by hackers three days – from November 28 to December 1, 2014 – during which some specific visitors were redirected to a secondary website where they were targeted by the spying malware. In a brief synopsis of the attack on the Forbes. com website, iSIGHT said that “there is a possibility of a longer duration of activity,” and added: […]

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