Google Uncovers Malware Attacks in Vietnam

Wednesday Mar 31st 2010 by Staff

Vietnamese users who downloaded language software may also have downloaded malware that tracks their actions and can be used to coordinate a DDoS attack.

PCMagazine: Two months after it revealed a Chinese-based attack on systems at dozens of companies, Google has reported on another wide-spread cyberattack--this one targeting tens of thousands of Vietnamese users. In this instance, users who downloaded keyboard language software also unknowingly installed malware that can be used to spy on them or to coordinate DDoS attacks.

"While the malware itself was not especially sophisticated, it has nonetheless been used for damaging purposes," wrote Google's Neel Mehta. The attacks are being used to suppress the messages of political dissenters who oppose bauxite mining in Vietnam.

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