Microsoft has taken down websites that were used by Chinese-backed hackers to attack American companies.


Key Topics in this News Article:

News Snapshot:

Microsoft has taken control of a number of websites that were being used by a hacking group funded by the Chinese government to target organizations in 29 countries, including the United States. Microsoft said it observed “highly sophisticated” attacks that installed hard-to-detect malware that facilitates intrusion, surveillance, and data theft. Microsoft has been tracking Nickel since 2016 and previously described it as one of the “most active” hacking groups targeting government agencies. Nickel’s attacks, according to Microsoft, exploited compromised third-party virtual private network (VPN) vendors and credentials obtained through spear-phishing efforts in some cases, and weaknesses in Microsoft’s own Exchange...