According to the National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center, the US National Security Agency (NSA) included Suctionchar among 41 tools aimed at stealing sensitive information and data from the university’s teachers and students.
That Trojan program, it said, can access accounts, passwords, and transfer users’ files, but it also links up and works seamlessly with other NSA malware.
The Chinese center pointed out that the NSA division Tailored Access Operations (TAO) relies on Suctionchar with the Acid Fox platform, Nopen and Bvp47 viruses to infect, control, monitor traffic, and leave selected targets vulnerable.
It added that Bvp47 is one of the Agency’s top spyware programs and was used in cyberattacks on 45 countries globally in the last decade, including China, Germany, Japan, and South Korea.
Last week, the Chinese institution reported that the NSA and its division were behind the June 22 intrusion into the email system of the Polytechnical University of Xi’an, famous for its aviation and aerospace studies.