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Chinese HUI Loader malware ups the ante on espionage attacks


A state-sponsored piece of malware may become a favorite weapon for Beijing-backed hacking crews looking to lift intellectual property from foreign firms.

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A well-known piece of espionage malware underscores the threat foreign companies face from Chinese state-sponsored hacking crews.

Known as HUI Loader, the malware has been active for more than seven years but has only recently been linked to multiple state-sponsored groups out of China.

The HUI Loader malware can now be connected to a pair of malware operations that use the threat of ransomware as a façade to steal intellectual property from targets, according to researchers with the Secureworks Counter Threat Unit (CTU).

Operating as a DLL loader attack, HUI Loader conceals itself within an otherwise harmless executable file that is spread via spam, phishing or a software vulnerability exploit. The malware itself dates back to 2015 and has been ...


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