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Chinese Hacker Group ‘Flea’ Targets American Ministries with Graphican Backdoor

June 21, 2023


Foreign affairs ministries in the Americas have been targeted by a Chinese state-sponsored actor named Flea as part of a recent campaign that spanned from late 2022 to early 2023.

The cyber attacks, per Broadcom’s Symantec, involved a new backdoor codenamed Graphican. Some of the other targets included a government finance department and a corporation that markets products in the Americas as well as one unspecified victim in an European country.

“Flea used a large number of tools in this campaign,” the company said in a report shared with The Hacker News, describing the threat actor as “large and well-resourced.” “As well as the new Graphican backdoor, the attackers leveraged a variety of living-off-the-land tools, as well as tools that have been previously linked to Flea.”

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