WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers apparently dropped in on the computers of five European foreign ministries before the G20 Summit this past September, announced a security firm called FireEye Inc.
Reuters reported that the hackers sent e-mails to staff members with embedded files hinting at US involvement in the Syrian civil war. The code, when the e-mail attachment was opened, went into their personal computers and onto the network.
None of the ministries were named, but apparently the hackers were stealing data before the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia this year. The Chinese government condemned hacking and denied any involvement.