[ISN] Foreign cyber spies target British defence official

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:16:12 -0600 (CST)

By Chris Williams
The Register
22nd November 2010

Foreign spies targeted a senior British defence official in a 
sophisticated spear phishing operation that aimed to steal military 

The plan was foiled last year when the official became suspicious of an 
email she received from a contact she had met at a conference.

The official showed the highly personalised message to Ministry of 
Defence IT experts, who then found the attachment contained malware 
designed to leak classified material to a foreign intelligence agency.

The MoD declined to comment on the incident, which was briefly discussed 
at a recent conference by Simon Kershaw, its head of defence security 
and assurance.


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