Raytheon UK Targeted In Cloud-Based Attack

ZDNet UK, October 12, 2011

The attack, which was ultimately unsuccessful, was the first time Raytheon UK had seen hackers use a cloud service to try to steal data, Raytheon head of cyber Vincent Blake told an event at the RSA Conference on Wednesday. The spear-phishing attack last week was aimed at 20 people with access to Raytheon systems, Blake told ZDNet UK. “The attack vector was through emails targeted to individuals,” Blake said. “We had 20 people targeted. It was looped back through a cloud service saying ‘please use this particular service for this particular application’. Two of the individuals did click.” The two people were targeted with tailored emails that fooled them into clicking on a link leading to an unnamed cloud-based service, which the hackers used to try to steal data. The attack was unusual in that hackers normally try to steal data by running deceptive services on servers that are completely under their control — either to a proxy server some security professionals call a ‘drop zone’, or to the command and control server of a botnet. http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/10/12/raytheon-uk-targeted-in-cloud-based-attack-40094173/?s_cid=938&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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