Vulnerabilities / Threats
1/15/2010
05:20 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Other Targets In Google Cyber Attack Surface

The U.S. has formally asked Chinese officials for an explanation; China says it welcomes companies that obey the law.

The names of other companies targeted in the cyber attack disclosed by Google earlier this week have started to emerge.

Google reportedly asked the other 33 companies targeted in the attack to come forward.

A Google spokesperson said that while the company provided technical information, that was the extent of its communication to other affected organizations.

Adobe was the first company after Google to acknowledge that it had been targeted. It said on Tuesday that it had learned about "a sophisticated, coordinated attack against corporate network systems managed by Adobe and other companies" at the beginning of the month.

According to an Adobe spokesperson, Adobe decided to come forward on its own.

Web hosting provider Rackspace followed suit in a blog post.

Symantec and Juniper Networks have acknowledged being targeted.

Dow Chemical and Northrop Grumman were also among the targets, according to The Washington Post. Other reports say Yahoo was attacked as well.

A spokesperson for Northrop Gruman declined to comment. Dow Chemical and Yahoo did not respond to requests for comment.

Microsoft on Thursday acknowledged that the cyber attack leveraged an Internet Explorer vulnerability and issued a security advisory. It condemned the attacks and noted that its network and online properties appear not to have been affected.

"At this time, we have no indication that Microsoft's corporate network or our mail properties were attacked as part of these attacks," said Mike Reavey, director of Microsoft Security Response, in an online post on Thursday.

A report in the English-language China Daily noted that Microsoft and HP failed to back Google's move. It includes a quote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, referring to the incident as "the Google problem."

Following Microsoft's announcement, Verisign iDefense on Friday retracted its claim that the likely attack vector was "malicious PDF file attachments delivered via e-mail."

The U.S. government has formally asked Chinese diplomatic officials for an explanation of the incident.

"We have had a discussion today here in Washington with officials from the Embassy, where we raised the issue," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley at Thursday's press briefing. "And as the Secretary said, it is a serious issue. The incident raises questions about both Internet freedom and the security of the Internet in China. And we've asked them for an explanation."

China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu in a briefing on Thursday said that "China's Internet is open," and that "China welcomes international Internet corporations to do business in China in line with law."

Asked about reports that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would seek an explanation, Jiang responded, "if the US contacts us, we will reiterate our position on this issue."

Update: Added Google response.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Tech Digest, Dec. 19, 2014
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul your security strategy.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2011-1793
Published: 2014-12-25
rendering/svg/RenderSVGResourceFilter.cpp in WebCore in WebKit in Google Chrome before 11.0.696.65 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact via a crafted SVG document that leads to a "stale pointer."

CVE-2011-1794
Published: 2014-12-25
Integer overflow in the FilterEffect::copyImageBytes function in platform/graphics/filters/FilterEffect.cpp in the SVG filter implementation in WebCore in WebKit in Google Chrome before 11.0.696.65 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified ...

CVE-2011-1795
Published: 2014-12-25
Integer underflow in the HTMLFormElement::removeFormElement function in html/HTMLFormElement.cpp in WebCore in WebKit in Google Chrome before 11.0.696.65 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact via a crafted HTML document con...

CVE-2011-1796
Published: 2014-12-25
Use-after-free vulnerability in the FrameView::calculateScrollbarModesForLayout function in page/FrameView.cpp in WebCore in WebKit in Google Chrome before 11.0.696.65 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unspecified other impact via crafted JavaS...

CVE-2011-1798
Published: 2014-12-25
rendering/svg/RenderSVGText.cpp in WebCore in WebKit in Google Chrome before 11.0.696.65 does not properly perform a cast of an unspecified variable during an attempt to handle a block child, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly have unknown othe...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join us Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to hear what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer -- it may not be what you think.