Researchers identify Chinese hacking group that attacks 'high-value' targets

Washington, Sept. 19 : Researchers from security firm Symantec have reportedly unearthed a hacking group, based in China, which is believed to attack specific 'high-value' targets.

The researchers said that the group, dubbed Hidden Lynx has been around for around four years and is known to be behind attacks on hundreds of organizations worldwide, including government sector and defense industry.

Symantec's Vice President of Business Strategy and Security Intelligence, Samir Kapuria revealed that the group comprises 100 people divided in two teams dedicated to their respective small and large scale targets, ABC News reports.

Kapuria said that the hackers are a lot more precise and surgical as they use tactics and tools allowing them to go under the radar.

Symantec said that the group has hit targets in 15 countries since November 2011, though more than half the attacks strike at computers in the US.

Kapuria said that the reason why the group is speculated to be working from China is because some of the applications and codes written are Chinese and Symantec was able to geo-locate the 'command and control' servers that direct the attacks to computers in China.

However, an expert from the cyber security firm Crowdstrike, Dmitri Alperovitch, agreed to Hidden Lynx being 'the most advanced' hacking groups he's tracked out of China but he does not believe the group is a mercenary group and is instead the sole employ of the Chinese government.

--ANI (Posted on 19-09-2013)

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