back to article Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign. Security house Cylance said this week a state-sponsored group – dubbed the White Company by researchers – has been looking to get into the networks of the Pakistani military in a long-term targeted attack campaign known as Operation …

  1. Mayday Silver badge
    FAIL

    Oh dear

    "Operation Shaheen had at first sent out phishing emails with links to compromised websites, then later switched to emails with infected Word documents attached."

    University Diplomas, large African bequests and willy enlargements must be too good to resist.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Oh dear

      You forgot that Pakistan tops the world in Google searches for shemale photos. Must have sent the Pakistani military a lot of those.

      Pakistan hates gays but love ‘shemale sex’ and ‘man f***ing man’ porn searches

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Oh dear

        You are not very bright if you think those are actually authentic.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Oh dear

      When compiling the list of possible suspects they ended up with over half the worlds countries, did they stop to think maybe they need to improve relations with some folk?

      1. cream wobbly

        Re: Oh dear

        Huh. Interesting. When it's Blighty, or the Yanks, or them upsidedown cobbers, when a list of "possible suspects" for cyberwarfare attacks are characterized as "naughty colonialist types" and it's the attackers' faults. When it's Pakistan with a massive list of suspects, it's their own fault?

        Says more about you than it does them, mate.

  2. GrumpyKiwi Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Outsourced...

    Clearly they'd outsourced their IT anti-virus/firewall support to Mumbai.

    1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Re: Outsourced...

      Clearly they'd outsourced their IT anti-virus/firewall support to Mumbai.

      Think worst. Outsourced to IBM. In Mumbai.

    2. Halfmad

      Re: Outsourced...

      Same staff who use to do BT Broadband support.. you know? Indian Terry.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A nuclear risk, certainly

    But hardly as dangerous as having Donald J Trump in charge of the big red button.

    1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
      Alert

      Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

      the big red button

      According to Stormy it's a "mushroom".

      Oh wait ...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

        According to Stormy it's a "mushroom".

        I think that could be clouding the issue

    2. not.known@this.address Bronze badge

      Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

      He's been "in charge of the big red button" for some time now and has managed to resist the urge to press it.

      1. FrozenShamrock

        Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

        That's because he is waiting for them to implement a twitter activated button so he's able to understand and finally use it. I hear they are having problems getting it to recognize alternative spellings that change with time.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: A nuclear risk, certainly

        Those damned democrats in the public service have gone a hidden it on him. Each time he hits the big red button it just opens the doors.

  4. Paul Herber

    Belgium, man.

    'Operating in part behind the facade of a Belgian locksmith business'

    It's Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: Belgium, man.

      Only Poirot knows for sure!

      1. Stevie Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: Belgium, man.

        Naughty man. Have an e-beer.

        1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

          Re: Belgium, man.

          Could also be that Fakir guy who makes people mad as hatters with poison darts.

  5. phuzz Silver badge

    "an obvious target of all the nation states with well-developed cyber programs (i.e. the Five Eyes, China, Russia, Iran, DPRK, Israel), [...]They also draw attention from emerging cyber powers like India and the Gulf nations."

    Given that India are right next door, and the probable target of most/all of Pakistan's nukes (and vice versa of course), surely that would put them near the top of the suspects pile?

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