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Security group suspects Chinese military is behind hacking attacks

Published on Feb 19, 2013 3:08 PM
 
New recruits for the People's Liberation Army (PLA), wearing red flowers symbolising honour, wait to board a train at a train station in Mayang Miao autonomous county, Hunan province on Dec 13, 2012. The report by a US computer security company identified the PLA's Shanghai-based Unit 61398 as the most likely driving force behind a prolific series of hacking attacks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a prolific series of hacking attacks, a US computer security company said, contradicting claims by China's government that it is not involved in such operations.

The report by Mandiant identified the People's Liberation Army's Shanghai-based Unit 61398 as the most likely driving force behind the hacking. Mandiant said it believed the unit had carried out "sustained" attacks on a wide set of industries.

"The nature of 'Unit 61398's' work is considered by China to be a state secret; however, we believe it engages in harmful'Computer Network Operations'," Mandiant said in the report released in the United States on Monday.

"It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effectively," it said.

 
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