(Washington) Chinese security hackers have hacked US bypass software (VPN) into the computer networks of US defense companies, IT security consultant Mandian said on Tuesday.
According to a report published by Mandiant, at least two hacker groups, one of which is believed to be in close contact with the Chinese government, have been linked to malicious malware in the VPNS – systems that allow you to establish secure connections – with Utas, a U.S. – based group based in the western United States.
According to the report, hackers used malware to steal the identities of VPN users and hack into the computer systems of lawyer groups between October 2020 and March 2021.
The U.S. consultant points out that it is targeting governments and finance companies in Europe and the United States, referring to one of the groups as UNC2630.
“We suspect that UNC2630 is working for the Chinese government and has links to the APT5,” a hacker group known to have ties to Beijing authorities, according to the Manned Report.
Consultant clarifies that “trusted third party” has linked this new piracy with APT5.
“APT5 regularly targets networks of high-value groups,” he added. Their preferred targets are aerospace and defense companies based in the United States, Europe and Asia. ”
The report did not specify how many companies were affected.
Most reports from Pulse Secure Mandian confirm that solutions to prevent malware have already been provided to consumers.
The VPN manufacturer assured that the hack affected “a limited number of customers”.