Islamabad: China’s official virus emergency response office disclosed a new vulnerability attack weapon platform deployed by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which cybersecurity experts believe is the main equipment of the NSA’s computer network hacking operation team, and it targets the world with a focus on China and Russia, Global Times reported.
Recently, a number of Chinese research institutions have found traces of activity of the validator Trojan. A report the Global Times obtained from ‘Internet Security Company 360 on Wednesday shows “validator” is a small embedded Trojan that can be deployed remotely or manually on any Windows operating system, from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003.'”Earlier, the company discovered that the NSA had used a series of cyber weapons to launch continuous attacks against government agencies, important organizations and information infrastructure targets in countries around the world, including China. During the attack, the NSA would implant backdoor programs represented by “validator,” which could be hidden in the internet terminals of target users for a long time, and then launch more complex network attacks through these backdoor programs.”
“The Trojan is believed to be the default version of the NSA’s “Acid Fox” attack weapon. This indicates that the Chinese research institutes mentioned above were subjected to cyberattacks by the NSA’s Acid Fox vulnerability attack weapon platform.”
Excerpts from GT report:
In order to maintain its cyber hegemony, the US has been monitoring the world. As recently as June 1, NSA Director and Cyber Command head Gen Nakasone confirmed that the US had launched a series of offensive cyber operations against Russia in support of Ukraine amid the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
While conducting espionage against global targets, the US also spares no effort to perform “a thief shout to catch a thief,” calling on its so-called allies to trumpet the “China threat” theory, slander China’s network security policy and international economic and cultural exchanges plans, the expert said, then continued slamming the US for cracking down on Chinese companies and news media operating legally abroad, for inciting discord, and for encouraging so-called hackers to launch cyberattacks on foreign targets.
Based on the successful extraction of the “validator” Trojan horse program samples from the important information system of a domestic scientific research institution, 360 company carried out scanning and detection and found that different versions of the Trojan horse program had been running in hundreds of important information systems in China, and its implantation time was much earlier than the time when “Acid Fox” platform and its components were publicly exposed, indicating that the NSA carried out internet attacks on at least hundreds of important information systems in China.