Chinese army unit 61398, also known as "Comment Crew," has been identified as most probably...

Chinese army unit 61398, also known as "Comment Crew," has been identified as most probably responsible for numerous cyberattacks on U.S. targets, security company Mandiant has alleged in a report. While Mandiant didn't name specific targets, victims include Coca Cola (KO) - when it was trying to acquire Chinese company Huiyuan Juice Group for $2.4B - and VMware's (VMW) RSA, as well as a firm with access to over 60% of oil and gas pipelines in North America.

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  • 7iron10
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    Should be an interesting read - caught the preview on CNBC's homepage.


    Hard to say I 'look forward' to the Chinese's response - probably going to get a lot uglier in the future.
    19 Feb 2013, 02:42 AM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    thx for this link
    19 Feb 2013, 03:27 AM Reply Like
  • SoCalNative+(RIP)
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    Bloomberg: China playing the victim in this allegation.
    19 Feb 2013, 07:44 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    This is very embarrassing for our U.S. security people and our government. It always amazes me that the Chinese communists have no idea of our Western need to save face.
    19 Feb 2013, 08:03 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    The factory just maybe 50 meters from the complex I lived at was producing missile casings and other major arms. Often the military armaments needed to be parked on the street (think of the October 1st parade in Beijing).


    I lived at a unit bordering Changfeng Park in Shanghai, since the factory (think Ames Research Center) has been torn down.


    Maybe the government was worried that the missiles warheads, might leak.


    Incidentally the leader at that time for Putou District was arrested and sentenced for misappropriating (stealing) allocated funds.
    19 Feb 2013, 08:32 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    Cn UK Embassy Response


    Says nothing. Learned that from especially the U.S.A. But is the spokesperson part of academia or law enforcement?


    remember the Cn Belgrade embassy demolition by the USA outdated maps


    China itself is facing growing cyber crime and attacks
    From Ms Dai Qingli.
    Sir, I am writing with regard to your report “US goes public with spying frustrations” (November 4) playing up the “China threat” in cyberspace. In fact, this is just the latest example of cyber-related China-bashing by some in western countries, including Britain. These allegations are totally baseless.


    Cyber attacks are almost always anonymous and difficult to attribute. No sophisticated hackers would leave behind real IP addresses. The insinuation about hackers’ links with the Chinese government and military is even less convincing. Should we conclude that British hackers who attacked were acting on instructions from Whitehall?


    The Chinese government condemns online criminality and is committed to doing all it can to combat it. The fact is that China itself faces growing cyber crimes and attacks. It is estimated that in 2010 nearly half of Trojan server and Zombie server attacks on Chinese computer systems came from outside China.


    Hacking is a transnational crime. (WIKIPEDIA definition-- Transnational crimes are crimes that have actual or potential effect across national borders and crimes which are intra-State but which offend fundamental values of the international community.[1] The term is commonly used in the law enforcement and academic communities.)


    The only solution is through enhanced co-operation based on equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit, rather than politicising the issue or pointing fingers at others. Between 2004 and 2010, Chinese police helped 41 countries investigate 721 cyber cases. And we have inter-police co-operation with Britain and more than 30 other countries. But few of the entities and individuals claiming to be victims of Chinese hacker attacks have ever reported a crime or sought legal assistance from China. Making unsubstantiated charges through the press is not the best way to protect international cyber security.


    At the London conference on cyberspace this month, China called for consultations on a possible UN-led international legal instrument to battle cyber crime. We want to work with Britain and other countries to build an open, healthy and safe cyber environment. To get there, we need co-operation, not a blame game.
    Dai Qingli, Spokesman, Chinese Embassy in the UK
    Chinese hackers said to wage cyberwar on The New York Times
    Unusual activity was seen in the paper's computer systems during a probe on China's prime minister. The Times then discovered that the corporate passwords for every employee had been stolen.
    19 Feb 2013, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    While China has long been suspected of cyber spying, on May 24, 2011 the People's Liberation Army announced the existence of their cyber security squad.[13]


    ^ Beech, Hannah. "Meet China's Newest Soldiers: An Online Blue Army." Time Magazine, May 27, 2011.
    19 Feb 2013, 09:45 AM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    So next we get a Patriot Act for the internet?
    19 Feb 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    We have already had legislation passed that equated cyber attacks with a declaration of war, the question is when, not if, more aggressive action will be taken by the US.


    Said legislation is significant in that it frees up resources and allows for activities that would not otherwise be legal. But any action most likely won't be openly and flagrantly declared.
    20 Feb 2013, 07:43 AM Reply Like
  • jamesbwood
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    Aren't we sill looking for weapons of mass destruction?


    How about some real evidence instead of these PR campaigns (from both sides)?
    19 Feb 2013, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    You could, of course, read the linked pdf for "real evidence."
    20 Feb 2013, 07:44 AM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    The U.S. has its own cyber spying complex, and a good share of capable hackers. The new arms race.
    19 Feb 2013, 12:05 PM Reply Like
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