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Chinese Government Attacking the Uygher and Tibetan Communities via Cyberattacks

By Alex Nimoy Sept. 26, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

The Canadian cybersecurity team gave the malicious threat that targeted Tibetan users via what’s app name the Poison Carp. According to the Canadian cybersecurity team from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, the hacking group sent vicious web links to target users over the social media platform application called WhatsApp. The target users when received the link from the hacking group, the virus would sneak and exploit the web browser installed on the phone and leak all the information that is confidential.

According to a Canadian cybersecurity research team, a senior Tibetan group leader received malicious links in WhatsApp text exchanges posing as relief workers, photojournalist and professionals from different organizations. The researchers go on to add that the dangerous link called Poison Carp was also targeted to communities in China. The Chinese community the researchers were referring to belonged from the north of China. The campaign is against the Uyghur community in China.  There were two such campaigns against the minority Chinese community. The first of such campaign was reported by experts at Google and the second such campaign was brought into the spotlight by Volexity.

The patter of these attacks was studied very carefully by the Canadian cybersecurity research team which led them to draw to a surprising conclusion. According to the team, all the three attacks that were targeted to two different communities were actually sponsored and funded by the Chinese government. Actually, the malicious attack dubbed Poison Carp was the brainchild of the Chinese government itself. Besides the malicious threat dubbed the poison carp, the researchers also found a new type of threat named the OAuth which leaks information from users Gmail accounts by convincing them to go to a decoy page designed to convince them that the app served a purpose.

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