Military PIN Number Stealing Virus Reportedly Hails from China
February 3, 2012 10:23 AM
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Virus attempts to gain access to DOD computer systems
Hackers are becoming more and more common while the stakes for corporations and governments continually increase. Hackers are able to steal valuable information that can be sold or used against the companies they steal from. Other times hackers are simply out to cause damage to systems. According to reports, military service members are getting e-mails that appear to be formal with official looking PDFs attached that contain a virus.
When the service personnel open the PDF attachment a key logger is installed that is attempting to steal the PIN numbers that people use for accessing their Common Access Card. The Common Access Card is a smartcard that personnel used to access government computer systems. Reports also claim that once the software is installed, the hacker can access the government computer and manipulate the computer anyway they want while soldier is using their own PC.
Security firm Alien Vault's lab manager Jamie Blasco claims that the source of the cyber attack against military personnel originates in China. Blasco came to this conclusion during his investigation when he found that some of the code in the malware contains Chinese characters. Blasco also claims that during the tracing of the attack the security company found software that is used solely in China. However, the security firm can't be 100% certain that China is the source.
The Department of Defense is allegedly is aware of the Sykipot virus and Blasco claims that he has discussed the malware with security specialists working for the government. The virus attacks any technology that the Common Access Card system used by the Pentagon supports. Users of that system should keep an eye out for e-mails that appear to be official and have attachments.
Apparently some of the e-mails containing the virus-infected attachment have claimed to have information regarding a newly introduced drone along with pictures a robot said to be called aircrafts. The virus has the ability to access government computers only as long as the infected user's card is active on their personal computer system.
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RE: proof read much?
2/3/2012 11:10:48 AM
Yeah, I've been reading Dailytech for several years now and this has become more and more commonplace. It looks like I may be removing it from my daily routine... can anyone suggest some well rounded tech news sites to replace this one?
RE: proof read much?
2/3/2012 12:23:25 PM
arstechnica probably has about 60-70% overlapping stories, and actually have editors read the articles before they are published. I don't expect articles to be 100% all the time, but dailytech articles are never proof read (or if they are, the editor needs to be fired).
I don't expect writers to get everything correct, but it is almost like they write it and hit publish, having never read what they just wrote.
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