Chinese hackers poke the Bayer, but German giant says it withstood attack
German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer says it has been hit by malware, possibly from China, but that none of its intellectual property has been accessed.
On Thursday the aspirin-flingers issued a statement confirming a report from Reuters that the Winnti malware, a spyware tool associated with Chinese hacking groups, had been detected on some of its machines.
The malware was spotted on Bayer PCs in early 2018, with the company silently monitoring its behavior for more than a year before finally pulling the plug on the operation last month and notifying authorities.
"Our Cyber Defense Center detected indications of Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018 and initiated comprehensive analyses," a Bayer spokesbod said in a statement to The Register.
"There is no evidence of data outflow. Our experts at the Cyber Defense Center have identified, analyzed and cleaned up the affected systems, working in close collaboration with the German Cyber Security Organization (DCSO) and the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine-Westphalia. Investigations of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Cologne are ongoing."
The Winnti malware, which allows hackers a backdoor into the infected machine, has long been used by China-based hacking groups looking to lift trade secrets and other vital corporate information from foreign companies.
Researchers have spotted the rogue code as far back as 2009 when Winnti was spotted ripping off digital certificates and source code from games developers.
The attack comes as researchers have warned of increases in hacking activities from Chinese groups looking to grab intellectual property on behalf of the government and local companies.
That Bayer would be targeted by hackers for its IP is hardly surprising. The German corporation, whose market cap is valued at more than $16bn thanks to the recent acquisition of agriculture kingpin Monsanto, is one of the world's largest drugmakers and its network is host to highly valuable information on those products.
Industry: Cyber Security News
- Security Operations Senior Technical Analyst, Financial Services. Exclusive to DCL Search
- 75000 + benefits
Exclusive Security Operations - Senior Technical Analyst (x2) needed within a forward thinking financial services business head quartered in London. DCL Search have been engaged on an Identifier Project to attract the very best cyber talent to this business. Influence the cyber security capability and direction within the business. Learn new skills working within a collaborative team. Grow as a security professional. ROLE Triaging and troubleshooting security alerts. Improve tooling, reducing false positives. Improve processes and documentation Reviewing, approving, escalating security change management requests. Day to day operations, management and scalability of existing cyber security systems. Implementing new cyber security systems. Managing of and maturing security tooling such as; SIEM Vulnerability management Firewalls Patch management CASB Ideal technical experience Vulnerability Management: Qualys Forcepoint: CASB, DLP, web security, email security Microsoft Defender for Endpoint SIEM (Splunk) Firewalls: Cisco, Palo Alto, Juniper, Sonicwall IDS: Alert Logic Microsoft Cloud App Security Microsoft Azure ManageEngine ADAudit Plus Darktrace, Cloudflare, Cisco Umbrella, Imperva WAF Appreciation of ISO27001, GDPR, PCI, etc 2 days a fortnight in London- or more if you want.. Hybrid reworking.
- It's Pen Testing Chris, but not as we’ve know it.
- United Kingdom
5 reasons, as long as you are a skilled penetration tester (and a nice person) this may be different enough for you. Healthy package for the right talents- before you ask up to 95k+ (depending on skillset). Yes permanent only. Remotely based with the occasional time to meet up- unless you enjoy retiring from society. BUT UK based but not UK client focused. Research and training time- A dedicated trainer with budget for you to sharpen / develop skills. You can make your stamp. It’s a new role for someone technical to deliver, lead and shape a testing capability. No political shenanigans etc Exclusive to DCL Search and not one of the usual names. So you can dramatically increase your chances of securing it. Infrastructure pen testing and Web app / Manual penetration testing experience highly valued. Someone that can scope, deliver pen testing, report and not be useless in front of clients. Apply today to find out more. Or email Chris.Holt@dclsearch.com Or call 07884666351 This is a UK based role.
- Ping Contractor-
- Depends on skills and experience
Looking for experienced PIng Consultants, Looking for consultant with Implemenation or Architect experience in the Ping product set (Ping Identity, Ping Federate, Ping Access, Ping Directory, Ping Adapter development, SDK etc) This would be for implementation projects, working across UK. You will be responsible for providing implementation services to our clients from information gathering through to implementation. Evaluating client business, process, systems, and technology requirements and advise clients on best practices to help guide and solidify proposed designs. Manage Client expectations, Stakeholder Managment, ensuring design Matches business requirements
- Cyber Security Operations Engineer / Analyst. AWS experience. Remotely based. UK
- United Kingdom
Cyber Security Operations Engineer / Analyst. AWS experience. REMOTE UK. In house role. Senior role to technically lead and grow where required a security operations capability within an in house role. New position. Exclusive to DCL Search. You role will touch on the following Security Monitoring- Threat Analysis, Maturing monitoring capability. Utilising SIEM tools Vulnerability Management- Identifying threats to internal assets- working with internal teams to patch. Cloud based vulnerability tool experience preferred. Access Control Management- Mature policy and process of RBAC. Ideally AWS KMS experience. Vulnerability Testing- Aiding with Pen test scoping in line with identified vulnerabilities. Working internally to plan and track remediation actions. Security Incident Management- Triaging alerts, evidence capture, escalation, diagnose and fix. Working within a Cloud based environment. Ideally AWS. Security Patch Management Support & Assistance – Approach methods, solutions, and policy alignment. Disaster Recovery planning Change Management AWS CLOUD experience essential. Contact me today for more information Chris.Holt@dclsearch.com/ 07884666351