Hackers use ‘China Chopper’ tool to steal Australia F-35 stealth fighter data from defence firm | South China Morning Post

The hackers used a tool called “China Chopper” which according to security experts is widely used by Chinese actors, and had gained access via an internet-facing server, he said.

In other parts of the network, the subcontractor also used internet-facing services that still had their default passwords “admin” and “guest”.

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Those brought in to assess the attack nicknamed the hacker Alf after a character on the popular Australian soap Home and Away, Clarke said. The three-month period where they were unaware of the breach they dubbed “Alf’s Mystery Happy Fun Time”.

Hackers use ‘China Chopper’ tool to steal Australia F-35 stealth fighter data from defence firm | South China Morning Post