Chinese state-sponsored hacking group, dubbed APT41, is attacking crypto firms, according to a FireEye Threat Intelligence report published August 2.
The group of hackers “targets industries in a manner generally aligned with China’s Five-Year economic development plans.”
In addition to targeted attacks of telecoms, healthcare, fintech, and film and media companies, evidence suggest APT41 has infiltrated and phished a number of firms operating in the crypto industry.
FireEye Threat Intelligence experts say that the Chinese cyber espionage unit APT41 is aimed at industries that are considered priority in the five-year plans of the government, among which are: cryptocurrencies, medicine, new technologies, video games.
At the same time, a number of countries of the European Union, the United States of America, Japan, South Africa and Korea are priority for hacker attacks.
FireEye is sure that APT41 hackers are creators of the XMRig, which allows unauthorized mining of Monero.