Is China innocent? New reports claim cyber attacks on Facebook, Twitter, and Apple came from Eastern Europe


After recent cyber attacks on high-profile companies like Facebook, Twitter and then Apple, everyone seemed to be pointing fingers at China. But now reports have surfaced claiming that the attacks on those companies originated from Eastern Europe.

An Eastern European gang, that is determined to sell company secrets like research and other confidential information in the underground market, is responsible for the attacks according to the reports. Tom Kellermann, who is head of security at Trend Micro believes that we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to other places just because everyone is talking about China. “We’ve all been watching China, but they’re not the most advanced cybercriminals,” he says. “The most advanced are from the Eastern Bloc and Russia.”

He then goes on to add that there is now a “giant arms bazaar” in Eastern Europe where criminals are selling tools to others that will enable more cybercrimes and attacks. Some criminal groups are even believed to possess tools as advanced as the ones governments are using.

Wherever these attacks are coming from, it’ll be a good idea to keep in mind that you can never be too careful. While these are high-profile companies that are being targeted, there are still a multitude of cybercrimes being committed against everyday users. Using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re safe, and it would be wise to uninstall Java if you don’t need it, as well as find an alternative to Adobe Reader.

[via CNN, image via Renato Ganoza]

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  • AFPhy6

    Well, I know that _I_ am not doing it, because I would not even know where to start!

    (and I wonder if the edit button will show up here …)

  • AT

    The initial “Reports” tend to come from people who have zero tech knowledge and a bias against China.
    Where’s the blame when it was a stupid kid named Mafiaboy doing the deed. Why aren’t they tracking the attendees to Defcon? They all have the skills and I doubt all are white hats.

  • Seamus McSeamus


    Perhaps the Seychelles?

    You’re right, though. Every nation does it to the others and it’s okay, yet when it happens to them it’s a terrible breach of security and the people responsible are terrorists.

  • JonE

    Oh P-a-leeeeze! Is China Innocent? NO! Not only NO, but HELL NO!

    But, are they the only one’s spying and creating cyber attacks? Refer to the above answer.

    The U.S. does it, the Canadians, the Israeli’s, the Palestinians, the Brits and a host of entities I haven’t listed. Everybody is spying on everybody else and have all created cyber attacks against certain targets.

    Is there anyone who’s not doing it?