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Chinese Military Hack Attacks

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Hack! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Military Hack Attacks

CHINA HACKSComputer security experts from Mandiant say they believe a Chinese military unit is responsible for multiple hacking attacks against US companies.

The secretive security company has released a rare report that identifies ‘Unit 61398’ as the most likely source of attacks on at least 141 organisations, “across a diverse set of industries beginning as early as 2006”.

“The nature of ‘Unit 61398’s’ work is considered by China to be a state secret; however, we believe it engages in harmful ‘Computer Network Operations’,” Mandiant said in the report.

“It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effectively.”

The report says Unit 61398 is located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, China’s financial and banking hub, and staffed by perhaps thousands of people proficient in English as well as computer programming and network operations.

The unit had stolen “hundreds of terabytes of data”.

Clients including The New York Times have hired Mandiant to clean up their systems after cyberattacks ::::

The New York Times said hackers stole its corporate passwords and accessed the personal computers of 53 employees after the newspaper published a report on the family fortune of China’s premier Wen Jiabao.

Most of the hacking victims are located in the United States, with smaller numbers in


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