Chinese military engaged in cyber espionage campaign: Report
The New York Times said hackers stole corporate passwords and accessed the personal computers of 53 employees after the newspaper published a report on the family fortune of China's Premier Wen Jiabao.
"In seeking to identify the organisation behind this activity, our research found that People's Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 is similar to APT1 in its mission,
capabilities, and resources.
"PLA Unit 61398 is also located in precisely the same area from which APT1 activity appears to originate," it alleged.
It pinpointed the group's location in facilities in Shanghai's Pudong district. It also reprinted a memo from a Chinese telecommunications provider supplying communications links to the facility that said it would "smoothly accomplish this task for the military based on the principle that national defense construction is important."
"Though our visibility of APT1's activities is incomplete, we have analysed the group's intrusions against nearly 150 victims over seven years. From our unique vantage point responding to victims, we tracked APT1 back to four large networks in Shanghai, two of which are allocated directly to the Pudong New Area," it said.
Shanghai is China's largest metropolis as well as the country's financial capital.
"We uncovered a substantial amount of APT1's attack infrastructure, command and control, and modus operandi (tools, tactics, and procedures). n an effort to underscore
there are actual individuals behind the keyboard, Mandiant is revealing
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