the mundane face of evil: Chinese state-sponsored hackers
February 14, 2013 4:38 PM Subscribe
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A new report, the National Intelligence Estimate
, released by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence
"represents the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of [China-based] hacking over the past five years, including energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automotive."
One face of Chinese state-sponsored hackers profiled by Bloomberg Business Week is Zhang Changhe
, an instructor at the People's Liberation Army Information Engineering University
Zhang was uncovered by Joe Stewart, Director of Malware Research, Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit Research Team in a February 2012 report titled The Sin Digoo Affair
, looking at hacking from one China-based source. An Indian-based security consultant advanced on Stewart's research in blog posts Chinese Threat Actor Part 2
, and Chinese Threat Actor Part 3
further developing the case against Zhang.
This is in line with public television coverage of hacking in China from the same institution as detailed by the Epoch Times in Slip-Up in Chinese Military TV Show Reveals More Than Intended
Security expert Bruce Schneier does not believe that most of these Chinese hackers are connected to the Chinese military, "they're more like a non-state actor."