Microsoft seizes sites used by APT15 Chinese state hackers

silversurfer

Level 84
Thread author
Verified
Helper
Top poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
7,552
Microsoft seized today dozens of malicious sites used by the Nickel China-based hacking group to target organizations in the US and 28 other countries worldwide.

In their attacks, the Nickel threat actor (also tracked as KE3CHANG, APT15, Vixen Panda, Royal APT, and Playful Dragon) compromised the servers of government organizations, diplomatic entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across 29 countries, mainly from Europe and Latin America.

"Nickel has targeted organizations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organizations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security & Trust at Microsoft.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks, and human rights organizations."