A CHINESE-affiliated hacker group is targeting Russians using malware disguised as legitimate documents and downloads, cybersecurity experts have claimed.
China’s alleged actions against Russia are another twist in the complex relationship between the two countries.
Currently, China has not condemned Russia for its military actions in Ukraine – but they are reportedly changing their cyber position in response to the matter, reports The Register.
Researchers at American cybersecurity firm Secureworks said in a report: “The war in Ukraine has prompted many countries to use their cyber capabilities to gain insight into global events, political machinations and motivations.
“This desire for situational awareness often extends to gathering intelligence from allies and ‘friends’.”
The two warring nations share chaotic feelings about the United States as the West seeks to cripple Russia’s economy after invading Ukraine.
Chinese threat groups infiltrated servers with a decoy document written in English, security researchers claim.
When clicked, the decoy document supposedly installs three additional malicious files.
Part of the scheme is a malware initiative called PlugX, which gives the hackers “access to the compromised host to extract sensitive system information, upload and download files, and run a remote command shell,” according to the cybersecurity firm.
Programs like PlugX are known as “remote access trojans” or RATs, which give hackers unadulterated control of a device.
A trail of clues led researchers to the China-linked hacker group responsible for the attack on Russia.
The researchers noted that the hacks against Russia are designed similarly to those that affected the Vatican in 2020.
Experts attribute both hacks to the same Chinese actors.
The global stage is buzzing with tension as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin plan to travel to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.
China turning its cyber sights on its neighbor is adding a new wrinkle to an already high-pressure diplomatic situation.
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