Friday, June 14, 2024

Chinese Hackers Spent 2+Years Looting Secrets in Dutch Semiconductor Company

For over two years, a hacker group linked to China had uninterrupted access to NXP, the Dutch chip manufacturer’s computer network.

They target chips to exploit vulnerabilities in hardware, enabling unauthorized access to systems or extracting sensitive data. 

The Norwegian news agency NRC reported that a Chinese-linked hacker group, a Dutch semiconductor giant, recently breached the NXP’s network.

Manipulating chips could allow threat actors to compromise digital devices’ foundation, posing serious security threats and risks.

Besides this, the most shocking thing about this event is, that the hackers held access to the breached network from late 2017 to early 2020.

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Chinese Hackers Stolen Chip Designs

Chimera hackers, linked to China, secretly accessed NXP’s network for 2.5 years, allegedly stealing chip designs. NXP, Europe’s largest chipmaker, only uncovered the breach when a similar attack hit KLM subsidiary Transavia.

NXP gained influence post-2015 by acquiring Freescale, and not only that, they are also renowned and notable for:-

  • Mifare chips in Dutch public transport
  • Powering iPhone’s Apple Pay

In September 2019, Transavia’s reservation systems were breached, revealing links to NXP. However, to successfully invade the network, the operators of Chimera used:-

  • ChimeRAR tool
  • Leaked credentials
  • Brute force attack

By altering the phone numbers, the double authentication security measures were bypassed by the hackers. Not only that, they patiently stole data every few weeks and sneakily uploaded it to secured cloud storage services.

Here below, we have mentioned all the cloud storage services that they used:-

  • Microsoft’s OneDrive
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive

NXP acknowledges IP theft but claims no material damage as stolen data is too complex to replicate designs easily, and besides this, no public disclosure is deemed necessary, as reported by NRC.

For more security and to prevent future incidents, NXP highlights via TomsHardware the following security measures:-

  • Implementation of enhanced monitoring systems.
  • Tightens data controls.
  • Implementation of more security layers for the protection of intellectual assets.
  • Proper maintenance of network integrity.

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