Tuesday, February 19, 2013

China's Cyber Warriors

Several news organizations are reporting that a secret organization within China's People's Liberation Army is responsible for most of the recent hacking attacks on U.S. institutions and businesses.  The organization, named Unit 61398, apparently operates out of a suburb of Shanghai, and was uncovered by U.S. cyber security organizations, which tracked the hacking attacks to a small area known to be controlled by the PLA outside of Shanghai.

The Chinese government has not acknowledged the existence of the unit, and has accused the U.S. of being responsible for most of the hacking attacks worldwide.   Cyber security has become the latest frontier of a shadow "war" between nations, seeking military, intelligence or economic advantages over one another.

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