Strategic Cyber Espionage

Cyber criminals, suspected to be based in China, are targeting key elements of India’s critical information infrastructure with the “key strategic goal of collecting intelligence,” according to cyber security firm FireEye.

“The campaign’s attacks were also detected in April 2015, about one month ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first state visit to China,” the firm said.

FireEye posits the advanced persistent threat (APT) attack vector used spear-phishing emails containing Microsoft Word attachments headlining regional issues of interest and contained a malware script called WATERMAIN, which creates backdoors on infected machines.

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