In response to the news that hackers from China have taken to sending CDs full of malware to state officials in the post,  Mark James, security specialist at ESET commented below.

Mark James, Security Specialist at ESET:

“This approach, while unusual, does not surprise me. A disk appears out of the blue in the post, it looks harmless, the only way to determine its contents is to place it in your machine and view its contents. The trap is set, triggered and infected.

This type of attack is not aimed at the security conscious it’s an opportunistic attack that will without doubt successfully target a number of unsuspecting victims, but as with all techniques it has its limitations. This particular one could be limited by the decline of the optical drive as more and more machines are manufactured without them today.”

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