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[ISN] 'Nitro' hackers use stock malware to steal chemical, defense secrets
By Gregg Keizer
October 31, 2011
Attackers used an off-the-shelf Trojan horse to sniff out secrets from
nearly 50 companies, many of them in the chemical and defense
industries, Symantec researchers said today.
The attack campaign -- which Symantec tagged as "Nitro" -- started no
later than last July and continued until mid-September, targeting an
unknown number of companies and infecting at least 48 firms with the
"Poison Ivy" remote-access Trojan (RAT).
Poison Ivy, which was created by a Chinese hacker, is widely available
on the Internet, including from a dedicated website.
The malware has been implicated in numerous attacks, including the March
campaign that hacked the network of RSA Security and swiped information
about that company's SecurID authentication token technology.
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