Cyberespionage Operation NetTraveler Hits 350 Targets In 40 countries
Posted: June 9, 2013 by Alex Chan
The latest malware attacks were detected by the Internet security company Kasperski Lab. This time, the malware hit 350 high profile targets spread across 40 countries worldwide. This particular malware has been active since 2004, and has been responsible for the theft of more than 22 gigabytes of data. Its name is "Operation NetTraveler".
The hackers that have used the NetTraveler as the malware's data-exfiltration tool to gather sensitive data from the victims. Most of the data stolen was closely connected to new technologies, space exploration, research centers, military contractors, and other sensitive targets.
According to the report by Kasperski Lab, the attacks seem to be the work of 50 Chinese hackers who operate together as a group. The malware usually comes in a form of an email containing malicious documents. When a user opens the malware documents, the virus immediately installs itself on the user's machine, and starts collecting important data.
Some of the NetTraveler victims were also victims of the malware campaign called Red October, which was detected by Kasperski in January this year. Whether or not these two campaigns are related is still not certain. Officials at Kasperski can only state that the two malwares are different. They have offered to help the victims in providing any helpful information on the attacks as most of them believe they will continue in the future as well.