APT32 hackers targeted Chinese government over coronavirus response, FireEye said

U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye reported on Wednesday that a group of hackers working in favour of the Vietnamese government tried to break into Chinese authorities playing a central role in Beijingโ€™s effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

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According to FireEye, the APT32 hacking group have attempted to tamper the staff email accounts of Chinaโ€™s Ministry of Emergency Management and of the Wuhan government, the Chinese municipality where started the global coronavirus pandemic.

FireEye and other cybersecurity watchdogs declared to believe that APT32 operates on accoount of the Vietnamese government.

The APT32โ€™s recent activity mirrors the behaviour of a host of state-backed hackers to compromise governments, businesses and health agencies searching information about coronavirus and attempts to combat it.

The Vietnamese government didn’t reply to a request for comment and email addresses used by the hackers didn’t provide response.

Replies to faxed requests for comment from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management and the Wuhan city government didn’t come immediately.


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