Thursday, June 21, 2012

AutoCAD Worm for Industrial Espionage

Wow – scary stuff!


From John Leyden … Rare AutoCAD worm lifted blueprints from Peru, sent them to China:

Security watchers have discovered a worm that targets drawings created in AutoCAD software for computer-aided design (CAD).

Tens of thousands of drawings have been swiped using the malware, which is likely to have been designed for industrial espionage, according to antivirus firm Eset. The worm, dubbed ACAD/Medre.A, steals files and sends them to email accounts located in China. ESET said it had worked with Chinese ISP Tencent, the Chinese National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center and Autodesk – the creator of AutoCAD – to stop the harvesting of drawings by blocking email accounts associated with relaying stolen data. Business users in Peru were the main victims of the attack.

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