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The recent attacks on telecoms providers that have raised ire all over the world, including some of the questions behind them.
The attacks, probably as a result of the Chinese-state actors, aiming at the elimination of the Call Detail Records (Cdr) of certain individuals, all the way to telecommunications companies, according to a new study from the cybersecurity firm Cybereason.
The Cdr’s are of critical importance because they may reveal relevant information as to the nature of the call. It may have been a source, a destination, a duration, a physical location, which is at the other end of the call, as well as devices that are to be used, and where the people travel, according to Cybereason.
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“For a nation-state threat actor gaining access to such information enables them to have an intimate knowledge of all of the people that they would like to target on the network,” Cybereason, said in a blog post. The cyber security company, the attacks have been happening since at least march of 2017.
This type of information is very valuable and as a nation-state actors for the purpose of foreign intelligence agents, and politicians, and Cybereason are added.
“Access to metadata is vital for the intellect, because it allows you to determine what you need to do is concentrate on the deeper data collection and analysis,” James Lewis, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said on Fox News.
And that’s not all of it. The would-be attackers looking to steal data-in to active directory to use a user name and password in your organization, along with other personal information, billing information, call detail records, references, your e-mail server, a geo-location of the user, and many more,” Cybereason, said.
The attacker in this case had the power to take over the telecommunications providers ‘ networks, and to potentially shut them down or interfere with the service provider of the cellular network, as part of a larger cyber warfare operation,” Cybereason will be continued.
Cybereason is added that it is likely to be the aggressors, working out of the waves, to the left of the attack if it is detected and stopped, and then you come back months later with new tools and techniques.
China is the likely culprit
Cybereason, said that there is a high probability that the “threat actor” behind the attacks “will be backed by a nation-state, and that it is connected with China.”
“China has a massive global spying campaign, and a number of Chinese actors and to focus more on telecom networks,” CSIS’ Lewis said. “In the past, this sort of thing has been done by the Russians, but in China it has a network of this kind is to fall into their repertoire.”
Tom Kellermann, Chief Cybersecurity Officer of Carbon Black, said on Fox News that the Chinese are carrying out in the country, the 50-year strategy. This will enable them to achieve information dominance over the settlement of the western cyber issues,” he said.
“The systematic theft of intellectual property, which, in combination with the control of sensitive corporate networks,” Kellermann added.
Fox News has reached out to the Chinese Consulate with a request for comments.
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