Risk
2/20/2011
03:32 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Hacks From China Strike Canadian Government

CBC is reporting that attacks from IP addresses based in China have managed to successfully breach networks within the Finance and the Treasury Board of Canada, as well as Defence Research and Development Canada. The attack is the latest in a string of attacks aimed at high level government agencies.

CBC is reporting that attacks from IP addresses based in China have managed to successfully breach networks within the Finance and the Treasury Board of Canada, as well as Defence Research and Development Canada. The attack is the latest in a string of attacks aimed at high level government agencies.From the CBC:

An unprecedented cyberattack on the Canadian government also targeted Defence Research and Development Canada, making it the third key department compromised by hackers, CBC News has learned.

The attack, apparently from China, also gave foreign hackers access to highly classified federal information and also forced the Finance Department and Treasury Board - the federal government's two main economic nerve centres - off the internet.

So how did they get in?

The CBC reports that it was a standard spear-phishing attack, just as we've seen with the Aurora attacks against Google and many other high-profile companies in the U.S. According to the report, attackers gained access to systems by pretending to be federal executives. Under that pretense, they approached technical workers who provided the passwords needed to gain access to sensitive networks.

At the same time, reports indicate, the attackers sent staff members e-mails with attachments laced with malware designed to infiltrate systems further.

This is the latest in what has become a serial of attacks on Western interests that appear to be stemming from China. Including the Aurora attacks, attacks on the U.S. government, as well as recently reported attacks on energy firms.

For my security and technology observations throughout the day, find me on Twitter as @georgevhulme.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Latest Comment: yup
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-6628
Published: 2015-05-28
Aruba Networks ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) before 6.5.0 allows remote administrators to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-1389
Published: 2015-05-28
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Aruba Networks ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) before 6.4.5 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the username parameter to tips/tipsLoginSubmit.action.

CVE-2015-1392
Published: 2015-05-28
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in Aruba Networks ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) before 6.4.5 allow remote administrators to execute arbitrary SQL commands via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-1550
Published: 2015-05-28
Directory traversal vulnerability in Aruba Networks ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) before 6.4.5 allows remote administrators to execute arbitrary files via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-1551
Published: 2015-05-28
Directory traversal vulnerability in Aruba Networks ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) before 6.4.4 allows remote administrators to read arbitrary files via unspecified vectors.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
After a serious cybersecurity incident, everyone will be looking to you for answers -- but you’ll never have complete information and you’ll never have enough time. So in those heated moments, when a business is on the brink of collapse, how will you and the rest of the board room executives respond?