Commercial cyberspying gives rich payoff
BEIJING (AP) - For state-backed cyberspies such as a Chinese military unit implicated by a US security firm in a computer crime wave, hacking foreign companies can produce high-value secrets ranging from details on oil fields to advanced manufacturing technology.
This week's report by Mandiant adds to mounting suspicion that Chinese military experts are helping state industry by stealing secrets from Western companies possibly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Chinese military has denied involvement in the attacks.
"This is really the new era of cybercrime," said Graham Cluley, a British security expert.