Report: Chinese Hackers Posing as U.N. Launch Cyber Attacks on Uyghurs

Report: Chinese Hackers Posing as U.N. Launch Cyber Attacks on Uyghurs


Mandarin-speaking cyber hackers posing as United Nations (UN) representatives are launching online attacks against ethnic Uyghurs, a Turkic minority group in China’s westernmost Xinjiang territory, the MIT Technology Review reported on Thursday.

Researchers from the U.S.-Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point and the Russian multinational cybersecurity firm Kaspersky recently identified a cyber attack “in which hackers posing as the UN Human Rights Council send a document detailing human rights violations to Uyghur individuals,” according to the Review. “It is in fact a malicious Microsoft Word file that, once downloaded, fetches malware: the likely goal, say the two companies, is to trick high-profile Uyghurs inside China and Pakistan into opening a back door to their computers.”

The firms also identified another type of cyber attack in which the hackers “set up a fake human rights foundation website called the ‘Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation,’ which tricks people into installing a backdoor to the [Microsoft]

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