March 31, 2012- Trend Micro, a computer security firm based in Tokyo, said on Friday it has linked a Chinese hacker to a campaign of cyber espionage that is targeting Japan, India and Tibet.
The hacker’s nicknames include scuhkr and Dang0102. The hacker was involved in stealing military secrets through online spying. The hacker also used the cyber espionage to spy on activists in Tibet and to steal information from those involved with the aerospace, energy and shipping industries.
The campaign was known as Luckycat and attacked a number of different targets by using different forms of malware. Some malware used, has been linked to previous campaigns of this type.
Trend Micro said in a report, “We have tracked different elements of the espionage backed to hackers located in China.”
The report said the cyber espionage campaign started back in June 2011 and is linked to at least 90 attacks in India, Japan and against Tibetan activists. Over 233 computers were compromised by the cyber espionage. The malware tricked users into opening files or links to enter the software the hackers crafted to steal information, said Trend Micro.
The hacker that has been pinpointed published a number of posts in the online forum XFocus and recruited other hackers to help attack a project relating to defense at Sichaun University.