Media reports have announced that news organisations like Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc are under cyber attacks. The Washington Post believes that it has been attacked by Chinese hackers. As per the allegations the attackers gained compromised their computer systems as early as 2008 or 2009, but the cyber breach was only discovered in 2011.
The computer systems of these newspapers were infected by a malware that was communicating with its command-and-control server associated with a Chinese hacking group.
It has also been reported that these new organisations have now removed the malware and have made their computer systems malware free once again. It seems the passwords of these computers were compromised that gave the crackers access to the computers of these news organisations.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Defense Ministry released a statement that claims that the “Chinese military has never supported any hack attacks. Cyber attacks have transnational and anonymous characteristics. It is unprofessional and groundless to accuse the Chinese military of launching cyber attacks without any conclusive evidence.”
Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, has described China as the most “sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign companies in his forthcoming book co-authored by Jared Cohen. According Schmidt Chinese state backed cyber crime is the biggest online threat in the world.
Source: Cyber Security Issues In India.