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U.S. exposes Chinese malware Taidoor – Weekly privacy news, August 7, 2020

Posted on August 7th, 2020 by

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CISA, FBI, DoD expose new variants of Taidor malware, publicly accuse China

On Monday, three United States government agencies—the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Defense (DoD)—issued a joint Malware Analysis Report detailing a Remote Access Trojan known as Taidoor. The earliest known variants of Taidoor were first observed in 2008, but the latest variants detailed in the report appear to have been in the wild since early 2019.

According to the report, the FBI “has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using malware variants in conjunction with proxy servers to maintain a presence on victim networks and to further network exploitation.”

The report concludes with a number of recommendations for protecting computers from Taidoor and other threats, first and foremost: use antivirus software, and keep it up to date.

The Taidoor variants described in the report are designed to infect Windows operating systems. If a Mac variant comes to light, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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About Joshua Long

Joshua Long (@theJoshMeister), Intego's Chief Security Analyst, is a renowned security researcher, writer, and public speaker. Josh has a master's degree in IT concentrating in Internet Security and has taken doctorate-level coursework in Information Security. Apple has publicly acknowledged Josh for discovering an Apple ID authentication vulnerability. Josh has conducted cybersecurity research for more than 20 years, which has often been featured by major news outlets worldwide. Look for more of Josh's articles at security.thejoshmeister.com and follow him on Twitter. View all posts by Joshua Long →