no one's real surprise, the culprit behind all the hackings against the
United States is the Chinese Army. Specifically, they're known as the
'Comment Crew' or 'Shanghai Group' (two rather non-intimidating names if
you ask me) and they're in P.L.A. Unit 61398, a 12-story office tower
located just outside of Shanghai. That little building is responsible
for much of the cyber attacks against the US from China.
a security firm, has spent time analyzing the Comment Crew's work and
have counted more than 140 attacks from the hacking group since 2006.
The Comment Crew, which is apparently a different group than what
attacked US media outlets, attacks critical infrastructure in the
US—electrical power grid, gas lines, water, etc. They ain't playing
Mandiant has discovered that tracing hacks of the Comment Crew (named
such because they embed hidden code or comments into web pages) all
pointed to the P.L.A Unit 61398 headquarters in the Pudong district of
Shanghai. More than 90% of the attacks that Mandiant has studied, come
from IP addresses used in the same neighborhood as P.L.A Unit 61398.
That's where the Chinese hackers are. That where the hacks are coming
from. Mandiant sarcastically acknowledges that the only other
"A secret, resourced organization
full of mainland Chinese speakers with direct access to Shanghai-based
telecommunications infrastructure is engaged in a multiyear
enterprise-scale computer espionage campaign right outside of Unit
Which is, yeah, haha funny. The
Chinese are denying that they've been hacking the US, claiming such an
activity is illegal. Nevertheless, the Obama administration plans to
inform China's new leaders that the attacks have "become so intense that
they threaten the fundamental relationship between Washington and
Beijing." Two heavyweights are going to butt heads because of hacking.
Read the full report at the NY Times. [NY Times, Image Credit: NYT]