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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.

Published Tue, Mar 4 2014 2:47 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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