Chinese hackers profiled by Trend Microsystems

Oct. 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Chinese underground may be the market of choice for any would-be cybercriminal, a report from security company Trend Microsystems said.

Trend published a seven-page report Tuesday on hacking groups in the Chinese underground market.

"The Chinese underground market is now rife with a variety of service and product offerings that any threat actor would love to get his hands on," the report said.

An August report published by PCWorld said a "group of China-based hackers" dubbed the Comment Crew were targeting organizations opposed to Chinese government policies. It said the team was outlined in a February report from U.S. security company Mandiant, which tied cyberattacks to the Chinese military.

Trend said would-be cybercriminals could rent dedicated servers on the Chinese underground market from which to launch attacks for as little as $98 per month.

"The Chinese underground market, like others, continues to thrive," it said.

The Chinese government denies allegations it's tied to cyberattacks.

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