The hacking team suspected of infiltrating New York Times computers for four months has resurfaced with new attack tools after months of lying low, security researchers said.
The group, commonly known as APT 12, has for years engaged in a series of computer intrusions designed to obtain sensitive information from government agencies, military contractors, journalists, and others. According to a blog post published Monday by research firm FireEye, the gang went silent after the exposure of the four-month hacking campaign, which the NYT said was in response to a story critical of the family of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao.
Now the group is back, this time attacking an unidentified "organization involved in shaping economic policy," Monday's report said. In addition to hitting a new target, the group also used an updated hacking tool from the Backdoor.APT.Aumlib and Backdoor.APT.Ixeshe malware families.