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Chinese Hackers Use Log4j Exploit to Go After Academic Institution

CrowdStrike also observed the Chinese hackers trying to harvest credentials for further exploitation.

A Chinese hacking group known for industrial espionage and intelligence collection used a vulnerability in Log4j to go after a large academic institution, researchers at CrowdStrike revealed Wednesday.

Threat analysts observed the group attempting to install malware after gaining access using a modified version of a Log4j exploit for VMWare Horizon, a virtual workspace technology. CrowdStrike also observed the Chinese hackers trying to harvest credentials for further exploitation.

CrowdStrike analysts believe that the group behind the attack, which it is calling “Aquatic Panda,” has likely been active since at least May 2020.

Read more at CyberScoop

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