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US security experts claim a 12-story office building outside of Shanghai is the headquarters of a hacking unit in China established to attack international computer networks (Screenshot attached). China’s Foreign Ministry rejected accusations of government involvement in hacking as groundless. The ministry added that China itself was a major victim of hacking, and said most overseas cyber attacks on Chinese sites originated in the United States. According to a report published by Mandiant says they’ve been investigating PLA Unit 61398 (China) for years now and has watched them compromise 141 companies across 20 major industries. The report alleged that China’s military employs at least hundreds of expert hackers. Spokesman Hong Lei said that in 2012, foreign hackers had used viruses and other malicious software to seize control of 1,400 computers in China and 38,000 websites. He said hackers in the United States had carried out the highest number of attacks.
February 21, 2013, 3:16 am by
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