Thursday, February 21, 2013

China sets up special base for 'cyber warriors'

On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood, a People's Liberation Army base has-been built for China's growing body of cyber warriors.

According To the New York Times, a number of digital forensic evidence has-beens Confirmed by American intelligence Officials, Who Said That They Have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years.

A detailed 60-page study, released by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, for the first Time Has tracked individual members of The most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups, known to many victims of icts in the United States as 'How Crew' or 'Shanghai Group', to the doorstep of the military unit's headquarters.

The firm was not ble to spot the hackers inside the 12-story building, goal makes a case there is no other plausible explanation for why So Many attacks come out of one comparatively small area.

Selon the report, some security FIRMS That Have tracked "How Crew" They Said That aussi believe the group is state-sponsored.

A recent classified National Intelligence Estimate, a consensus Issued as document for all 16 of the United States intelligence agencies, makes a strong case That Many of These hacking groups are run by army officers Either or contractors are working for commands like Unit 61398, selon Officials with knowledge of icts classified content, the report said.

While Crew HAS How terabytes of data hacked from companies like Coca-Cola, icts focus is increasingly on companies Involved in the critical infrastructure of the United States, Which includes electrical power grid, gas lines and waterworks.

Researchers selon the security, one target was a company with more than remote access to 60 percent of oil and gas pipelines in North America.

The unit was attacked This aussi Among Those That the firm RSA computer security, computer codes Whose protect confidential corporate and government databases.

Contacted on Monday, Chinese Officials at icts embassy in Washington again insisted icts That Does not government engages in computer hacking, and That Such activity is illegal.

They describe China as being has Itself victim of computer hacking, and point out, accurately, That there are Many hacking groups inside the United States.

Purpose in recent years the Chinese attacks Have Grown Significantly, security Researchers said.

Mandiant has detected more than 140 Crew How intrusions since 2006.

American intelligence agencies and private security FIRMS That track Many of the 20 or so other Chinese groups every day Said That Appeared Those groups to be contractors with links to the unit.

Selon the report, the White House Said it was "aware" of the Mandiant report. The United States government is schedule to begin a more aggressive defense against Chinese hacking groups, starting on Tuesday.

Under a directive signed by President Barack Obama last week, the government plan to share information with American Internet providers It Has Gathered about the single digital signatures of the Largest of the groups, Including How Crew and others emanating from near 61,398 Where Unit is based.

Purpose the government will not Explicitly link warnings Those groups, or the giant computer servers They use, to the Chinese army.

The issue of Whether to Publicly name the unit and accuses it of Widespread theft is the subject of Ongoing Motions Motions, it added.

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