China-based cyberspy group targeted India

Published on News Center, India, Source: Reuters, April 6, 2010.

A cyber-espionage group based in southwest China stole documents from the Indian Defence Ministry and emails from the Dalai Lama’s office, a group of Canadian researchers said in a report released on Tuesday.

The cyberspies used popular online services, including Twitter, Google’s Google Groups and Yahoo mail, to access infected computers, ultimately directing them to communicate with command and control servers in China, according to the report, “Shadows in the Cloud”.

“We have no evidence in this report of the involvement of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) or any other government in the Shadow network,” wrote the authors, who are researchers based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. 

“But an important question to be entertained is whether the PRC will take action to shut the Shadow network down.”

They concluded the network was likely run by individuals with connections to the Chinese criminal underworld, and information might have been passed to branches of the Chinese government … (full text).

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