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Chinese hackers impersonated McAfee to attack election campaign staffers


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Google warned in June that state-sponsored hackers were targeting 2020 US election campaigns, and now it’s outlining some of the methods those perpetrators used. APT31, a group linked to China, impersonated McAfee (the antivirus software, not its indicted founder) in a bid to trick campaign workers into installing malware. While the software was a real copy stored in GitHub, the ploy would quietly install malware in the background.

If successful, the attack would let intruders run arbitrary commands as well as transfer files.


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