Thursday, 14 January 2010

Google Hackers Targeted Source Code of More Than 30 Companies

Source: Threat Level

The big news today is the word from Google that its security has been breached by an attack launched from Chinese IP space. Furthermore, the attackers showed a particular interest in the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. Google also reports that many other companies were also targeted in this attack, which used malicious PDFs to compromise systems. The Threat Level story linked here has one of the better write-ups about the incident.

3 comments:

The Famous Brett Watson said...

There have been some mixed reports as to the mechanism for this compromise. More recent and informed reports say that it was not launched via malicious PDFs, but by an Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability.

Norman Rogers said...

That's good news--I love pdfs, but if they're now launching viruses, I would probably have a panic attack.

The Famous Brett Watson said...

Oh, PDFs are often used to install malware -- they just weren't in this particular instance. You may panic at will.