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Hackers ramping up attacks against Tibetan activists

Lucian Constantin | April 18, 2012
Hackers are ramping up their attacks against Tibetan activists and are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to deliver malware, according to researchers from security firms FireEye and Trend Micro.

"In this scenario, attackers are able to maximize system compromise by deploying two different payloads in one execution, leaving a user's machine open to a slew of infection," Trend Micro threat response engineer Roland Dela Paz, said in a blog post on Saturday.

A new attack campaign that targets Tibetan activists distributes malicious RTF files that exploit a Microsoft Office vulnerability patched just one week ago, on April 10, Macalintal said in a blog post on Monday.

On Friday, researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab reported the discovery of a new Mac OS X backdoor which they named SabPub. On Sunday, they said that the backdoor might have been distributed as part of attacks that targeted Tibetan activists.

 

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