(The Hosting News) – China appears to be working to coordinate hack attacks against a number of western organizations.
According to a report issued by security firm Mandiant on Tuesday, a group classified as “APT1” and linked to the Chinese military has hacked and stolen data belonging to 141 companies dating back to 2006.
At key is service provider China Telecom which the security firm says made available “special fiber optic communications infrastructure” to the hacking group working as the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army.
“Once APT1 has established access, they periodically revisit the victim’s network over several months or years and steal broad categories of intellectual property, including technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, test results, business plans, pricing documents, partnership agreements, and emails and contact lists from victim organizations’ leadership,” states the security firm in its report.
The firm also noted that 87% of the identified victims were based in English-speaking areas. Meanwhile, a total of 937 Command and Control were accounted for with 849 registered in China and 109 in the United States.
China’s government has long denied partaking in hacking activities despite evidence to the contrary. Past breaches of Google’s Gmail service and U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin have had suspected origins in the country.