For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.
The New York Times published an article in October about the wealth of the family of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, in both English and Chinese.
After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.
The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, Chinaâ€™s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.
Over the course of three months, attackers installed 45 pieces of custom malware. The Times â€” which uses antivirus products made by Symantec â€” found only one instance in which Symantec identified an attackerâ€™s software as malicious and quarantined it, according to Mandiant.
A Symantec spokesman said that, as a matter of policy, the company does not comment on its customers.
Sure it doesn’t. It’s policy. Just feel safe. Close your eyes and pull a blanket over your head. Nobody can hurt you now. :Z
As if i needed another reason not to use Symantec products… (Oh and i perfectly understand how incredible ingenious those 45 malware products could have been.)