A group of Chinese hackers infected the financial news website ‘Forbes.com’ with dangerous spying software, attacking specific visitors like those at American defense companies and financial services.
The cyber security companies iSight Partners Inc and Invincea Inc on Tuesday said that the hackers had carried the software infection attempt at Forbes.com last year in November.
Laura Daunis, spokeswoman for Forbes.com, said in a statement on Tuesday that the company had identified a breach “incident” on December 1 that took place on November 28.
“Forbes took immediate actions to remediate the incident. The investigation has found no indication of additional or ongoing compromise. A file had been modified on a system related to the Forbes website,” Daunis said.
She turned down request to elaborate further.
According to the cyber security firms, the software installed in Forbes.com holds the potential to automatically attack the visitors by exploiting the security glitches in two renowned applications, namely Internet Explorer browser by Microsoft Corp and Flash software by Adobe Systems Inc.
The companies said they had limited information into the attacks which were based on customer data and other intelligence.
According to them, they have only limited info about the targeted organizations in the financial services and defense sectors. The company, however, declined to reveal the names of the attacked organizations. They also said they were unaware about how far the hackers succeeded in their attempt and how much data has been compromised during the breach. They however, said that other visitors to Forbes.com are likely to be affected.