MALACAÑANG, the military, the country’s intelligence agency as well as the Justice department were among the critical government offices that have allegedly been infiltrated by a cyber espionage group, a report posted on the website of an international software security firm claimed.
Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based firm that operates in almost 200 countries, said the group identified as Naikon has been targeting government websites and servers in the Philippines along with neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Laos, Nepal and even China.
An infographic illustrating the extent of the cyber attack listed the Office of the President, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the National Security Council, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the Office of the Solicitor General, the Department of Justice and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines as among the “top level” agencies “affected by Naikon in country X.”
While it did not specifically identify the Philippines, the names of the targets bore similarities to the names of the country’s national government agencies.
“Analysis revealed that the cyber espionage campaign against country X had been going on for many years. Computers infected with the remote control modules provided attackers with access to employees’ corporate email and internal resources, and access to personal and corporate email content hosted on external services,” Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher of Kaspersky Lab, said in an article titled “The Naikon APT: Tracking
Down Geo-Political Intelligence Across APAC, One Nation at a Time.”
Kaspersky Lab said the objective of the attack was to gather “geopolitical intelligence” from countries “around the South China Sea.”