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Chinese hackers use organized underground network to launch attacks

Organized Chinese hackers have a sophisticated underground network at their disposal when launching attacks against western targets

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 8:47 pm

In an effort to compromise smartphones and tablets, Chinese hackers are using well-written malware and malicious code to target U.S. and western targets. The demand for mobile Web access has created a lucrative market for cybercriminals trying to exploit often vulnerable devices which can be hijacked and used for illegal activities.


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It's possible to buy mobile malware kits on the black market for as little as $15, with organized cybercriminal forums located in the United States, China, Brazil, and Russia.


"The barriers to launching cybercriminal operations are less in number than ever," a Trend Micro security report recently stated. "Toolkits are becoming more available and cheaper; some are even offered free of charge."


Security experts warn users to install anti-malware and anti-virus technologies on mobile devices - and be cautious while downloading third-party apps. Mobile phone owners face DDoS attacks targeting devices, SMS forwarders, spam campaigns, and other malicious activities which can cause potential trouble for unsuspecting users.


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