Chinese army reportedly behind web attacks on companies based overseas, 19 Feb 2013
China’s army may be behind a computer-hacking group that has attacked at least 141 companies worldwide since 2006, according to a report by a U.S. security firm.
The attacks, mainly directed at U.S. companies, were carried out by a group that is “likely government sponsored” and is similar “in its mission, capabilities, and resources” to a unit of the People’s Liberation Army, Mandiant Corp. said in a report today.
APT1, the Chinese group, has attacked companies in 20 major industries, and 87 percent of the targets are based in countries where English is the first language, according to the Mandiant report. Targets were based in countries including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., India and Singapore. Mandiant’s research was reported earlier by the New York Times. Full story