back to article Security researcher says attacks on Russian government have Chinese fingerprints – and typos, too

An advanced persistent threat that Russia found inside government systems was too crude to have been the work of a Western nation, says security researcher Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade of Sentinel Labs, before suggesting the malware came from a Chinese entity. Russian telco and IT services provider Rostelecom and the nation's …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    attacks on Russian government have Chinese fingerprints

    which means it's probably the US agencies who done it. Or Chinese, who want to pass for the US agencies :)

    1. Logiker72

      Go Deeper !

      ...into this rabbit hole. I am sure you can find North Koreans and Munichians down there !

    2. Claptrap314 Silver badge

      Re: attacks on Russian government have Chinese fingerprints

      That's what they WANT you to think...

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "too crude to have been the work of a Western nation"

    But good enough to have infiltrated Russian government IT.

    I like that they say that Western malware is of better quality. It's like these guys are playing a game.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: "too crude to have been the work of a Western nation"

      They're assuming western malware developers can spell. Sub-millennials can't even spell Tick-Tock.

      1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

        Re: "too crude to have been the work of a Western nation"

        I'm pretty sure that by "Western nation", he meant "Western governments". Our spooks are known for some rather impressive (-ly good) work.

  3. werdsmith Silver badge

    I'm sure that putting in a few typos and some crude work typical of the ones used by some other criminal nationalities would be a very simple way of throwing some investigators off the trail.

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Oh yes, definately

        I sea what yoo did their...

      2. jmch Silver badge

        "Oh yes, definately."

        ... he said defiantly

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  5. steelpillow Silver badge


    A quick search using a not-that-one search engine reveals that besides the Taiwanese Entery Industrial Co. Ltd., Indian, Japanese and even EU folks also routinely trip over this one. So maybe not as definitively (People's Republic of) China as might seem.

    Truth is, speling misstakes are only yuseful to infosec detechtive if you can trayce crapp localley-saursed spellchequer or other linguistick habbits they came from such as dropping of "the" and other grammartickle mistake.

    But the real fun starts when the IT hardware purchase manager is told to buy a certain entery connector - the part number better be spot on, as Entery Industrial make a lot of connectors and who known whether an Entery exit connector will fit the bill?

  6. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    TGIFagain..... although In a Cheltenham Donut or Hollywood Palace, every 0Day is a Fun Weekender

    Can we expect in the near future, a Sentinel Laboratory type RAT Researcher revealing El Reg is an AI Den where Turing Venting Spooks Work, REST and Play in Live Operational Virtual Environments with Greater IntelAIgent Gamers?

    The way things are being reported nowadays about such strange shenanigans in remote virtual fields would sort of definitively suggest it a natural progression to be fully expected .... to be vehemently defiantly denied by that which and those whom know no better and are kept in the dark outside of vital strategic loops.

    Meanwhile ...... further on higher up and deeper down within its multiple lairs, because of titanic discoveries unearthed and colossal otherworldly understandings understood and exercised, are monsters and daemons/saints and sinners made ready and released to freely roam and lay waste to worlds and infrastructures/systems and SCADA machinery in dire straits need of creative reinvention and/or destructive reconstruction.

    Or does all of that smack much more of the here and now rather than anything maybe to be delivered later in another time and alternate space too?

    A little something special for Boris and Joe to go all coy about and deny any relationship with and their intelligence services having any knowledge of, although that could easily be far too revealing and problematic for them both given the fact that they should know because the information has been freely circulating around in their circles and spheres of influence and spin since a long time ago, which in intelligence circles is akin to forever.

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