Chinese State-Backed Cyber Espionage Targets Southeast Asian Government | Cybersecurity

Jun 05, 2024. Newsroom Cyber Espionage / Threat Intelligence.

An unnamed high-profile government organization in Southeast Asia emerged as the target of a “complex, long-running” Chinese state-sponsored cyber espionage operation codenamed Crimson Palace.

“The overall goal behind the campaign was to maintain access to the target network for cyberespionage in support of Chinese state interests,” Sophos researchers Paul Jaramillo, Morgan Demboski, Sean Gallagher, and Mark Parsons said in a report shared with The Hacker News.

“This includes accessing critical IT systems, performing reconnaissance of specific users, collecting sensitive military and technical information, and deploying various malware implants for command-and-control (C2) communications.”

The name of the government organization was not disclosed, but the company said the country is known to have repeated conflict with China over territory in the South China Sea, raising the possibility that it may be the Philippines,…


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