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Poisoned PDF pill used to attack US military contractors




Poisoned PDF pill used to attack US military contractors
Poisoned PDF pill used to attack US military contractors



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/18/booby_trapped_pdf_cyber_espionage/ 

By John Leyden 
The Register
18th January 2010

Unidentified hackers are running an ongoing cyber-espionage attack 
targeting US military contractors

Booby-trapped PDF files, posing as messages from the US Department of 
Defense, were emailed to US defence contractors last week. The document 
refers to a real conference due to be held in Las Vegas in March.

Opening the malicious PDF file attached to the spoofed emails triggers 
an attempt to exploit an Adobe Reader vulnerability only patched by the 
software firm last Tuesday (12 January).

The infection of vulnerable systems opens up a backdoor that connects to 
a server hosted in Taiwan, though the hackers who set up the attack may 
potentially be located anywhere.

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