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Anonymous Hacker Claims Credit For VMware ESX Code Leak


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By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

April 24, 2012 7:17 PM ET VMware‘s ESX hypervisor source code leak may stem from an attack on a Chinese import-export firm last month in which an anonymous hacker claims to have made off with more than one terabyte of confidential documents.

On Tuesday, Kaspersky Lab‘s Threatpost blog reported the details of its recent IRC conversation with “Hardcore Charlie,” the anonymous hacker who posted the purported VMware ESX source code online on April 8.

Hardcore Charlie claims to have obtained the VMware ESX source code after breaching the corporate network of the China National Electronics Import-Export Corporation (CEIEC), a Beijing-based firm. He also broke into and stole documents from the networks of China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) WanBao Mining Ltd, Ivanho and PetroVietnam, according to the Threatpost report.

VMware could not be reached for comment.

In a security bulletin issued earlier on Tuesday, VMware warned that a single file from its ESX server hypervisor source code had been posted online and said it is possible that more proprietary files could be leaked.

The leaked ESX code is from the 2003 to 2004 period, and security experts told CRN the potential impact of the breach depends on how much VMware

via Anonymous Hacker Claims Credit For VMware ESX Code Leak.

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