Security firm says Chinese hackers intercepted text messages

A cybersecurity firm says Chinese hackers with a history of state-sponsored espionage have intercepted the text messages of thousands of foreigners in a targeted operation.

FireEye says in a report issued Thursday that hackers penetrated a telecommunications provider and planted eavesdropping software. It hasn’t said where the provider is located. It says some of the known targets were high value but none was a U.S. official.

FireEye says the hackers belong to a group known as APT41 and the spyware captured messages that referenced politicians and military organizations at odds with the Chinese government.

The malware could not read messages sent with end-to-end encrypted applications such as WhatsApp and iMessage. FireEye says the hackers also stole detailed calling records.

A Chinese government representative hasn’t responded to an emailed request for comment.


Follow Tami Abdollah on Twitter at

Source Link

Get more stuff like this

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.