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Foreign journalists in Beijing have been bombarded with information-stealing malware in the past fortnight, as tensions rise before the much anticipated Communist Party leadership transition later this autumn. The malware was delivered in a standard email attachment, with the attackers relying on tried and tested social …


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  1. Notas Badoff

    Responses and non-responses

    "Foreign journalists in Beijing ..."

    And so you would think the Chinese government would, out of embarrassment that this has happened in their capital to their valued guests with whom they want to curry the very best relationships, investigate to high standards and determine where these emails came from. Yes?

    "... Internet security is a complicated issue,"

    And all our experts are busy in other parts of the government...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Responses and non-responses

      Bluff, bluff and double bluff.

  2. Elmer Phud

    Makes a change

    "designed to send encrypted info from the victim’s computer to an external server located in the UK"

    1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Re: Makes a change

      Does Mossad always plant evidence pointing to the British, or was it just that one time when they killed the guy?

      Or else this time it IS us. Gosh.

      The thing is... when you set off an attack like this, presumably you do it in the expectation that it -will- be detected and analysed and published by global computer security experts - it'll be made public?

      Oh, well. One other thing, was it only foreign journalists that got this stuff, or was it sent to everybody in China? Everybody?

  3. Gordon Pryra

    @Makes a change

    Not really,

    while the server is located in the UK, theres a good chance the title deeds for that part of the UK actually belong to the Chinease until the loan taken out for the Olympic Lanes is paid off.

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