FireEye has released a new report detailing a series of Chinese cyberattacks aimed at the European Ministries of Foreign Affairs, according to a FireEye statement.
The cyber espionage campaign was named “Operation Ke3chang” by FireEye researchers and compromised eight foreign affairs offices in five different European Union member countries, according to the report.
“Diplomatic missions, including ministries of foreign affairs, are high-priority targets for today’s threat actors,” said Darien Kindlund, manager of threat intelligence at FireEye.
“Large-scale cyber espionage campaigns have demonstrated that government agencies around the world, including embassies, are vulnerable to targeted cyber attacks,” Kindlund added.
FireEye says the Chinese hackers had been in operation since 2010 but only began the EU foreign affairs attacks in August 2013 by using the Syrian crisis to falsely advertise updates about the ongoing civil war.
The cyber company says they gained access into one of 23 known command-and-control servers the hackers use and witnessed post-compromise information gathering.