A Chinese manufacturer of webcams that were infected with malware as part of a massive cyber attack last Friday participated in a US trade show in January together with Ciklum, the Ukrainian sofotware company in which George Soros bought a stake in in 2015.
Unidentified hackers, which could have been based in Ciklum, seized control of gadgets including Xiongmai’s on Friday and directed them to launch an attack that crippled websites like Amazon, Twitter and Netflix, according to U.S. web security researchers.
Hangzhou Xiongmai said millions of web-connected cameras and digital recorders because of vulnerability they have known about since April 2015.
A Chinese language site lists Ciklum as an exhibitor in a computer trade show, the CES, in the USA in 2016 along with Hangzhou Xiongmai Trading creating a tenuous temporal and geographical link.
Tenous as the link is, it is a real link given the very large numbers of computer trade shows in the USA in 2016. althought it the participation of Ciklum and Xiongmai in the same US trade fair in January may also be a coincidence.
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a major technology-related Trade Show held each January in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. It is not open to the public, The Consumer Electronics Association-sponsored show typically hosts previews of products and new product announcements.
The CES has 3,600 exhibitors and 109,000 attendeeds, according to TSNN.