The Straits Times
Published on Feb 20, 2013

US, China trade charges on cyberattacks


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States and China on Tuesday traded charges over cyberattacks after a security firm alleged that Beijing controled hackers who have penetrated the US government, companies and media.

The US firm Mandiant said that cyberattacks had been traced back to a non-descript, 12-storey building on the outskirts of Shanghai, where China's army was believed to be in charge of hundreds if not thousands of hackers.

In a 74-page report, the firm said that the hacking group "APT1" - from the initials "Advanced Persistent Threat" - was believed to be a branch of what is known as Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

"We believe that APT1 is able to wage such a long-running and extensive cyber espionage campaign in large part because it receives direct government support," Mandiant said.