An "emerging" international cyber-espionage campaign by a group with suspected ties to the Chinese government is affecting a growing number of companies globally, according to a warning from the U.S. government.
The findings by security researchers are significant because they illustrate, among other things, the rapid pace at which cybercriminals can effectively adopt and then launch cyberattacks with complex, NSA-grade weaponry.
The recent outing of leaked NSA hacking tools designed to compromise SWIFT Service Alliance servers comes with a key to pry open thousands of Oracle servers around the globe, new research suggests. A mysterious group self-named the Shadow Brokers, which has been publishing authentic internal NSA documents since last summer, shared new material on April 14 detailing an expansive U.S. espionage operation aimed at hacking into Middle Eastern SWIFT service bureaus.
WikiLeaks published Thursday a new batch of supposed CIA documents that reveal how the spy agency has hacked into Apple computers and smartphones over the last decade. The 12 newly released folders provide insight into some of the CIA’s methods and techniques, which evidently require physical access to compromise a target device in many cases. Cybersecurity researchers tell CyberScoop that the documents, some of which are marked as recent as 2013, generally prove that the CIA boasts a “robust” Mac attack toolkit.