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Some hackers with taste for delicious irony have spread a virus filled version of the Mandiant report which accused the PLA of being behind numerous cyber attacks against the US.
When downloaded, the tainted versions would allow hackers to remotely control infected computers after users attempted to read the report which was released last week by U.S. IT security vendor, Mandiant.
A blog post by Symantec said hackers used the report as “bait”, embedding a malware called, Trojan.Pidief, into fake reports which displayed a blank PDF document when opened. Unbeknownst to users, the tainted report would trigger the exploit code for Adobe Acrobat and Reader Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
The report is still available (sans viruses) from Mandiant’s own website (pdf).