Microsoft disrupts Chinese cyber-spying group by seizing 42 websites used by ...

Microsoft disrupts Chinese cyber-spying group by seizing 42 websites used by ...
Microsoft disrupts Chinese cyber-spying group by seizing 42 websites used by ...

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has disrupted the cyber-spying of a state-backed Chinese hacking group by seizing 42 websites used to gather intelligence from foreign ministries, think tanks and human rights organizations in 29 different countries, including the US.

The company said a Virginia federal court granted its request last Thursday to seize the domains from the group it calls Nickel - but is also known as APT15 and Vixen Panda.

This allowed Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit to take-over US-based websites and redirect traffic to its secure servers to 'help us protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities,' the firm shared in a press release.

Nickel has targeted organizations in both the private and public sectors, but Microsoft says it has not discovered any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products related to the attacks.

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Microsoft announced on Monday that it has disrupted the cyber-spying of a state-backed Chinese hacking group by seizing 42 websites used to gather intelligence from foreign ministries, think tanks and human rights organizations in 29 different countries, including the US

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has disrupted the cyber-spying of a state-backed Chinese hacking group by seizing 42 websites used to gather intelligence from foreign ministries, think tanks and human rights organizations in 29 different countries, including the US

Tom Burt, corporate vice president of Microsoft, shard in the post: 'Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help us protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.

'Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have

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