Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion

The Register

Proving that no good crisis ever goes to waste, Chinese government hacking crew APT41 launched a campaign that abuses vulns in Citrix Netscaler and Zoho ManageEngine, according to threat intel outfit FireEye.

As well as targeting load balancers and network management suites, the Chinese interference operatives spent three months, at the height of Wuhan’s COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, exploiting weaknesses in Cisco routers.

“This activity is one of the most widespread campaigns we have seen from China-nexus espionage actors in recent years,” intoned FireEye in a statement.

Their targets were indiscriminate, ranging from governments, banking and finance, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, tech, defence and more.

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