San Francisco: A private US cyber-security company on Monday accused a unit of China’s military of conducting far-reaching hacking operations to advance the country’s satellite and aerospace programs.
Security company CrowdStrike said Shanghai-based unit 61486 of the People’s Liberation Army 12th bureau has attacked networks of Western government agencies and defence contractors since 2007.
CrowdStrike said the hacking targeted the US space, aerospace and communications sectors. The cyberspying targeted “popular productivity applications such as Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office to deploy custom malware through targeted email attacks,” CrowdStrike said.
CrowdStrike said it was publicising a report previously sent to clients to show that the issue was broader than many realise.
“After the Chinese response, where they basically said this is all fabricated, we said why don’t we unleash something that’s undeniable,” said CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch. He said the company had briefed US intelligence agencies before publishing its report.
CrowdStrike said an individual named Chen Ping registered website domain names used in some of the intrusions. Mr Chen’s personal blog appears to put his age as 35, and he identified himself as a soldier, the report said.
Full article: Another Chinese military unit accused of hacking by US company (The Age)