Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software

Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims’ machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack earlier this year. A similar group of hackers based in Iran had tried to target President Trump’s campaign, but also was unsuccessful.

The group, which Google refers to as APT 31 (short for Advanced Persistent Threat), would email links to users which would download malware hosted on GitHub, allowing the attacker to upload and download files and execute commands. Since the group used services like GitHub and Dropbox to carry out the attacks, it made it more difficult to track them.

“Every malicious piece of this attack was hosted on legitimate services, making it harder

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Nvidia’s $40 billion Arm acquisition could be targeted by Chinese regulators, analysts say

  • China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) could get in the way Nvidia’s Arm acquisition.
  • Analysts believe there are a number of obstacles that Nvidia will have to overcome if it is going to convince regulators.
  • The chief executives of Nvidia and Arm said last week they’re confident the deal will go through.

Jen-Hsun Huang wearing a suit and tie: Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang wearing his usual leather jacket.

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang wearing his usual leather jacket.

LONDON – Regulators in China could be a major barrier in Nvidia’s attempt to buy U.K. chipmaker Arm from SoftBank for $40 billion, according to analysts.


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The mega-deal, which would create the largest chip company in the West by market value and global reach, was announced at the start of September. But it is far from being home and dry, with multiple regulators able to weigh in including China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and China’s State

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