Human Rights Groups Critical of China are Attacked on Web

The Los Angeles Times reports on the spate of viruses targeted at human rights groups and activists who work on China:

In some cases, the attackers use viruses rarely seen before, suggesting they’re tailor-made, said Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong-based researcher with Human Rights Watch.

A common tactic involves e-mails that look as though they’re from another rights group but contain attachments that wreak havoc on the recipient’s system, he said.

In one recent case, an infected attachment identified as a report from Amnesty International arrived within hours of the real report’s release.

See also “Cyber-security experts warn of Olympics spam” from the Bangkok Post.

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