File picture illustration of the word 'password' pictured on a computer screen, taken in Berlin May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
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Hackers believed to be working on behalf of Kazakhstan government officials tried to infect lawyers and other associates of exiled dissidents and publishers with spyware, according to a report to be presented at this week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.It is also unusual in that the campaign involved an Indian company that was apparently hired by the hackers, and it targeted Western lawyers along with alleged opponents of the Kazakh government.A research team including two staffers of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) examined emails sent to a group that included New York human rights lawyer Peter Sahlas; Italian attorney Astolfo Di Amato, who is involved in a legal dispute with Kazakhstan; and exiled Kazakh publishers Irina Petrushova and Alexander Petrushov, both of whom fled Kazakhstan years ago.
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