Chinese Hacking Operations Dig Data for Political & Economic Purposes

Mustang Panda is a Chinese hacker group suspected of trying to infiltrate Indonesian government computer systems last month.

These reported violations, which have been denied by Indonesia itself, are in line with the pattern of recent spying campaigns in cyberspace by China.

An expert said in the past year, attacks like this have become more frequent, and are carried out with the aim of seeking intelligence on social, economic and political issues from Asian countries and other countries around the world.

“There’s been a spike,” said Ben Read, director of cyber-espionage analysis at Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm, in an interview with FLY.

“The cyber operation launched by China is a fairly broad campaign and is not restricted at all,” he added.

For years China was considered the United States’ main enemy in cyberspace.

The country is thought to have coordinated teams both inside and outside government that can carry out cyber-espionage campaigns that are “large-scale and undifferentiated,” said Josephine Wolff, a professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts University. .

The 2014-2015 hack of the U.S. OPM Office of Federal Government Personnel Management in which the personnel records of 22 million federal workers were threatened was an example of a “massive digging” by China, Wolff said.

After a cybersecurity agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in 2015, experts say, attacks from China have decreased, at least against the West. (jm / em)

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