A US security expert has released the news that cyber criminals have infected online menus of popular restaurants in order to obtain valuable information about large corporations. The process is known as ‘watering hole’ hacking and involves planting a bug on a website popular with employees such as an eatery near a large office.

“These people are thinking very clearly about who they would like to target and how they are going to go about that,” said Chris Furlow who works with companies around the world to help them focus on cyber-risk.

To target specific organisations for information such as passwords or bank details, the hackers are using ‘spear phising’ emails.

After menus have been downloaded, the computer is infected.