Microsoft has revealed its Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) won court approval to take control of websites a Chinese gang was using to attack targets across the world – often by exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.
A post attributed to Microsoft’s corporate veep for customer security & trust, Tom Burt, states the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has granted Microsoft to take control of malicious websites operated by a group called Nickel that has been around since at least 2016.
Burt’s post indicates that Microsoft spotted Nickel trying to pinch information from “government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations”. Taking control of the websites Nickel owned will make it harder for the gang to conduct such attacks, Burt opined.
Nickel is also known as “KE3CHANG,” “APT15,” “Vixen Panda,” “Royal APT” and “Playful Dragon”.