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Rising geopolitical tensions between China and Taiwan lead to surge in cyber attacks

In recent months, tensions between China and Taiwan have risen, resulting in an increase of cyber attacks on the East Asian island country. These attacks have targeted a variety of sectors and are mainly designed to deliver malware and steal sensitive information. The cybersecurity firm Trellix Advanced Research Center has detected a four-fold jump in the volume of malicious emails between April 7 and April 10, 2023. Some of the most impacted industry verticals during this time period were networking, manufacturing, and logistics. In addition, the number of PlugX detections increased 15x between April 10 and April 12, 2023. PlugX is a remote access trojan that has been used by numerous Chinese threat actors to control victim machines. It is also known for employing DLL side-loading techniques to fly under the radar.


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