Ars Technica is reporting that VeriSign’s iDefense lab has traced the attack on Google and over 30 other companies to the Chinese government. The cyber attack occurred late December and targeted Google and other companies in an attempt to extract information about political dissidents.
The iDefense report points to malicious code that was deployed in PDF files that were crafted to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe’s software. According to the report: “the source IPs and drop server of the attack correspond to a single foreign entity consisting either of agents of the Chinese state or proxies thereof.”
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