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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:44

More companies targeted in supply chain attack: Kaspersky

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Six additional companies, apart from Taiwan-based PC maker ASUS, were targeted by the ShadowHammer supply chain attack which was reported last month by the security firm Kaspersky Lab.

The company, in a fresh blog post issued on Wednesday, named three of these companies as Electronics Extreme, the maker of the zombie survival game Infestation: Survivor Stories; Innovative Extremist, a Web and IT infrastructure firm; and Zepetto, a South Korean firm that was behind the video game Point Blank.

The attacker was listed as an advanced persistent threat, which is code for a nation-state attacker; however, no country was named, nor was any possible reason for the attack advanced.

Three other organisations, which were also affected, were not named by Kaspersky Lab, merely being referred to as "another video gaming company, a conglomerate holding company and a pharmaceutical company, all in South Korea".

These three companies have yet to be contacted by Kaspersky Lab, hence the decision not to name them.

The initial report on ShadowHammer was published on 26 March, after it was leaked to freelance reporter Kim Zetter. More details were provided at Kaspersky Lab's annual Security Analyst Summit in Singapore.

The attacks on these additional firms were similar to that carried out on ASUS. The trojanised software used was signed with a legitimate certificate and hence did not arouse any suspicion.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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