China was spying on Australian defense servers for months

In what seems to be a startling revelation made by Cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, China has been conducting espionage on Australian defense and energy servers for months, thus stealing intelligence and spying on the activities conducted by the officials.

It was a well-planned attack conducted by a hacking group named Red Ladon, say experts from the security firm. In the statement released by them a couple of days ago, researchers reasserted the fact that the attack took place in a sophisticated way with employees clicking on a phishing link, thus, paving way for the threat actors to induce malicious software payloads onto the computer networks, via PCs.

Interestingly, even the Federal Election Commission became an easy target in the attack. However, it remains unclear whether the hackers stole data in their effort.

Red Ladon, otherwise known as TA423, has become a biggest threat to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Japan and is operating from South China Sea, probably from a Navy vessel.

Almost all such email threats are quarantined in the scan box set up by Proofpoint and so depending on one such solution makes sense to companies for whom data has become a life blood.

NOTE 1- In the year 2018, Red Ladon was also seen infecting the election website of Cambodia and tried to target the websites with defacing tactics.

NOTE 2- Almost the entire world is accusing China of spreading the Corona Virus and now speculations like these will definitely tarnish the image of the country on a further note.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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