Last updated: January 15, 2010 - 10:03am
VeriSign's iDefense security lab has published a report with technical details about the recent cyberattack that hit Google and over 30 other companies. The iDefense researchers traced the attack back to its origin and also identified the command-and-control servers that were used to manage the malware.
The cyber-assault came to light on Tuesday when Google disclosed to the public that the Gmail Web service was targeted in a highly-organized attack in late December. Google said that the intrusion attempt originated from China and was executed with the goal of obtaining information about political dissidents, but the company declined to speculate about the identity of the perpetrator. Citing sources in the defense contracting and intelligence consulting community, the iDefense report unambiguously declares that the Chinese government was, in fact, behind the effort. The report also says that the malicious code was deployed in PDF files that were crafted to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe's software.
"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," the report says. The researchers have determined that there are significant similarities between the recent attack and a seemingly related one that was carried out in July against a large number of US companies. Both attacks were apparently managed through the same command-and-control servers.
- China Lashes Back at Hacking Claims
- Evidence Found for Chinese Attack on Google
- How to Fight and Win the Cyberwar
- Hackers Who Breached Google Made Earlier Attacks, Expert Says
- Cyberattacks on U.S. military jump sharply in 2009
- The Web's Crystal Ball Gets an Upgrade
- Contrary to what you’ve heard, Android is almost impenetrable to malware
- What If North Korea Wasn’t Behind the Sony Hack?
- White House confirms cyberattack
- Everyone Should Pay for Cyber Defense
- Expert says Chinese government likely behind massive cyberattacks
- US Tries Candor to Assure China on Cyberattacks
- Computer Networks in South Korea Are Paralyzed in Cyberattacks
- Weapons in Cyberattack on South Korea Killed Targeted PCs
- Attacks on Google May Have Hit 100 Companies, ISEC Says