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Chinese hackers referencing PRISM to lure e-mail victims

A cyber security professional named Brandon Dixon recently discovered an e-mail scam, apparently sent by the same group responsible for the “NetTraveler” attacks sourced to Chinese hackers, with an ingeniously newsy hook.

The e-mail, which Dixon posted in full, carries the subject line “CIA’s prism Watchlist,” a reference to the secret U.S. data-mining program code-named PRISM.

It includes some half-sensical text, filled with references to the National Security Agency and yes even The Washington Post, followed by a 2.5 megabyte attachment, “Monitored List1.doc,” which is actually a spying tool that lets the e-mail sender break into your computer. More...

06-20-2013 03:21