[ISN] China Not The U.S.'s Only Cyber-Adversary

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 03:39:33 -0600 (CST)

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dark Reading
Jan 11, 2012

China long has been the focus of U.S. authorities and security 
researchers as a major source of cyberespionage against the U.S., but 
potential new evidence of targeted attacks by India against the U.S. 
demonstrates just how widespread cyberspying might be.

Even with increasing questions today surrounding the authenticity of a 
purported Indian military document leaked by a group of self-professed 
Indian hackers who claim to be part of the Anonymous hactivist movement 
in the wake of an investigation into whether India pilfered emails from 
the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the events have 
spurred discussion about cyberespionage by nations other than China, 
which has been synonymous with the advanced persistent threat (APT).

As with any intelligence campaign, the subterfuge makes it difficult to 
pinpoint with certainty who did what, why -- and even whether the 
hackers are who they say they are. In the latest development, Infosec 
Island today reports that the hactivists, who call themselves the Lords 
of Dharmaraja, showed the news site evidence that Indian government 
cyberspies gained access to U.S. government agency networks, including a 
sample of some 68 username/passwords from federal agencies. The hackers 
say they nabbed those by infiltrating servers at the India Ministry of 
External Affairs and the National Informatics Centre.

That same hacker group also has claimed responsibility for grabbing 
Symantec Norton antivirus source code, though Symantec said the code was 
old and not stolen directly from its servers. In addition, the group 
claims to have hacked other businesses and that its main motivation is 
to disrupt the Indian government and push for a more pro-American 
climate, according to the Infosec Island report.


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