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New Cyberweapon IXESHE Discovered

A new advanced persistent threat named IXESHE (pronounced I-Sushi) was recently discovered on the computer networks of Taiwanese electronics companies and several East Asian governments. The IXESHE campaign appears to have been underway since early 2009. According to a research paper by Trend Micro, IXESHE spread via infected PDF files that were sent to deliberately targeted employees. Once the APT infected a computer, the malware binary allowed unknown parties to remotely control and monitor operations. The spearphishing emails had titles such as "Discussion on Cross- Strait Maritime Cooperation," "The Obama Administration and the Middle East," and "China’s Charm Diplomacy in BRICS Summit."

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