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Mandiant: ‘advanced attackers’ exploiting trusted supplier-client VPN

03/14/2013

Advanced attackers are increasingly exploiting the privileged communication channels that targets give their suppliers to launch attacks, according to US security firm, Mandiant.

The firm behind the recent report on Chinese hacking groups such as the Comment Crew says attackers are often attacking a victim’s service provider “solely as a means to find a way into their real target -- the client.”

“During our investigations in 2012, we found an increase in the number of outsourced and managed service providers who were compromised and used as a primary access point for attackers to gain entry to their victims’ networks,” the Virginia-headquartered company says in a report released Wednesday canvassing investigations it conducted in 2012.

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