China hacked eight different service providers: Report
According to Reuters, the Chinese Ministry of State Security is leading a hacking campaign to steal sensitive secrets from foreign companies.
BEIJING — Hackers from China's Ministry of State Security were found breaking into eight different computer service providers around the world, according to a Reuters report.
This was an attempt to steal commercial secrets from the service providers' clients,
Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the case.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Fujitsu, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data, Dimensions Data, Computer Sciences Corporation and DXC Technology were all victims of Chinese cyber attacks.
According to the Reuters report, the global hacking campaign is known as "Cloud Hopper," and is believed to have been going on for years. The report says Chinese hacking group APT 10 or Advanced Persistent Threat 10, carried out the attacks for the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
Reuters reports that they did this by sending out a phishing email to trick company employees into downloading malware or giving out their passwords. Once gaining access to clientele networks, hackers identified commercially sensitive data to encrypt and exfiltrate.
In a statement to Reuters, China denied the accusations and said: "The Chinese government has never in any form participated in or supported any person to carry out the theft of commercial secrets."
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