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 onlineon 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.