Cybersecurity experts have revealed that an army unit in China nicknamed “Advanced Persistent Threat 1” has been launching cyberattacks and data theft against American firms for some time.
There seems to be enough evidence from the cybersecurity firm Mandiant to even pinpoint the origin of the attacks which have been linked to People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398.
These attacks are as relentless and damaging as a bad batch of crab rangoon.
You see, this Chinese army unit 61398—the one that’s trying to “Shanghai” American internet interests—is located IN Shanghai. Not coincidentally, back in 2008 the high-rise building which houses the army unit was outfitted with high-tech communications equipment. Plus, memos from China’s state telecom company indicate that the installation would hopefully help achieve military purposes as well.
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The building in question is outfitted with satellite dishes and features — big surprise — a secured perimeter. Unit 61398 is also — ANOTHER huge surprise — hiring English speakers with the knowledge and computer expertise necessary to exploit networks.
Mandiant insists that the attacks take place daily — as US websites and data banks gird their cyberloins against the assault. All in the wake of the three largest US newspapers and Twitter being targeted by hackers.
What are the good guys doing about it? They’re staffing up. According to CBS News, the Pentagon’s staff of 900 cyberdefenders will grow to 5,000 military and civilian personnel.
So get ready. If this means war between China and the US, it’ll be fought with code and keyboards.
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