Suspected Chinese State Hackers Target Russian Submarine Designer

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Bleeping Computer: “Suspected Chinese state hackers target Russian submarine designer” - By Ionut Ilascu - April 30, 2021



Hackers suspected to work for the Chinese government have used a new malware called PortDoor to infiltrate the systems of an engineering company that designs submarines for the Russian Navy.

They used a spear-phishing email specifically crafted to lure the general director of the company into opening a malicious document.

The threat actor targeted Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering in Saint Petersburg, a defense contractor that designed most of Russia’s nuclear submarines.

The method for delivering the backdoor was a weaponized RTF document attached to an email addressed to the company CEO, Igor V. Vilnit.

Threat researchers at Cybereason Nocturnus found that the attacker lured the recipient to open the malicious document with a general description for an autonomous underwater vehicle...

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