Hackers Used Zero-Days to Infect Windows and Android Devices
Google researchers have detailed a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices.
Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft, and most outside researchers. (Both companies have since patched the security flaws.) The hackers delivered the exploits through watering-hole attacks, which compromise sites frequented by the targets of interest and lace the sites with code that installs malware on visitors’ devices. The booby-trapped sites made use of two exploit servers, one for Windows users and the other for users of Android.