Chinese hackers spreading malware in the US from fake McAfee software

Chinese hackers spreading malware in the US from fake McAfee software


Google says hackers linked to the Chinese government are spreading fake McAfee antivirus software and spreading malware to users' devices.


In a blog post, Google said a group of hackers had been involved in a phishing attack earlier this year that had thwarted former US Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign.




A similar group of hackers from Iran tried to target President Trump's campaign but failed.


Google has named this group APT 31 (Advanced Persistence Threat 31). Under this, users are given an email link, which when clicked downloads malware hosted on GitHub.



Hackers are then allowed to upload and download files and execute their commands.



The group used services such as GitHub and Dropbox to carry out attacks, making it more difficult to track them.


Google has also warned that such APTs pose a further threat to the US election.


https://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/how-were-tackling-evolving-online-threats

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