[ISN] Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack on Council on Foreign Relations

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:27:41 -0600 (CST)

By Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
December 27, 2012

Computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage 
attack against one of America’s most elite foreign policy web groups -- 
the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

According to private computer-security forensic specialists, the hacking 
incident involved a relatively new type of ploy called a “drive-by” 
website cyber attack that was detected around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The specialists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack 
involved penetrating the computer server that operates the New York 
City-based CFR’s website and then using the pirated computer system to 
attack CFR members and others who visited or “drove by” the site.

The activity ended on Thursday and the specialists believe the attackers 
either removed their malicious software to prevent further details of 
the attack from being discovered, or CFR was able to isolate the 
software and remove it.


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