A group of hackers recently took a break from their exploits to release an exploit to a Chinese website, according to researchers.
The attack was launched on Thursday by a Chinese group called “The Inner Circle,” according to a report by Kaspersky Lab.
The group posted the exploit, known as an “Exploit Kit,” on Pastebin, a popular online forum for sharing exploits.
“This is the latest in a series of malicious cyber-attacks targeting several organizations around the world,” the report said.
“The exploits, which include code that is not publicly known, have been designed to attack networks with remote administration or remote control, and to exploit network-level vulnerabilities.”
The exploit kit is similar to the ones released earlier this year by “The Inside Group,” a group of Russian hackers that used code from the NSA and other agencies to attack Sony Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc.
The group claims to have “expert” knowledge of the code and said they will release it again on Monday.
The exploit kit was also released by the Chinese group, the report added.
Kaspersky has been tracking the exploits since last year, when it spotted an additional one.
It released its own report last week on how to exploit an existing vulnerability.
The report said that the attackers, who used the names “Kali” and “Cyanogen,” used “deep-learning” techniques to identify a vulnerability in the Android operating system.
It said they then exploited the vulnerability to send “a malicious payload” to the target website, where it was “deployed on the target.”
Kasperski has also identified another group of Chinese hackers, the “The Insiders,” that have used similar tactics, and it is unclear whether those attackers are the same group that released the exploit kit.
“Cyanogens’ malware-based exploits are being used in attacks on major internet and telecoms providers in several countries,” Kasperski said.