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Chinese Hackers Wake Up to Malware

Posted by Author on March 19, 2007

Tom Sanders in California,, IT Week, UK, 16 Mar 2007-

Security researchers are noticing an increase in malware originating from China, which is adding to the challenge of investigating online threats.

“The past three to four months have seen a slow increase in Chinese malware. It used to be the odd file every now and then, but it is now almost every day,” Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Communications, told

China has traditionally been a hotbed of password stealers who go after log-in names and passwords for online games such as World of Warcraft. The criminals are after virtual currencies and goods which can be sold on auction websites.

But FaceTime is reporting a new trend of Chinese criminals developing their own file downloaders and rootkits.

This malware can be used to control botnets, install adware and evade detection by security software. Just like in other parts of the world, money is the big driver. …… (more details from IT Week website)

2 Responses to “Chinese Hackers Wake Up to Malware”

  1. Manzkie said

    Thanks for the info. I guess I’m a little bit late.

  2. berrynose said

    This isn’t new. Just that in the past one could be infected with Chinese malware/virus/trojan by visiting some unknown or infected web sites in mainland China. But recently the situation was spreaded to web sites hosted in other countries.

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