This is probably not connected at all, but we've noticed a steep increase in the amount of targeted attacks against organizations supporting the Uyghurs.
These support groups operate around the world. The attack techniques against them are the same as we've seen in similar attacks before: highly targeted emails with innocent looking booby-trapped document attachments.
Here's some examples of such malicious documents that we've seen. Most of them look pretty innocent.
When opened, all the above documents use known vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word to invisibly take over the computer. After this a backdoor allows an outsider full access to the computer and the local area network.
The two screenshots above are not from documents but instead fake screen savers… which contain backdoors.
Again, this wave of attacks against Uyghur supporters probably isn't connected to the real-world riots in any way. We think.