US, Allies Slam China Over Cyberespionage As DOJ Indicts Hackers | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


US, Allies Slam China Over Cyberespionage As DOJ Indicts Hackers

Update: The latest batch of indictments has been handed down. The DOJ has indicted two hackers for their alleged involvement in a global hacking campaign, carried out at the behest of the Tianjin office of China's MSS. The behavior allegedly happened over two time periods, one of which began in 2006, and the other beginning in 2014. They compromised more than 40 computers belonging to the US Navy.

Here's a breakdown of the indictment, courtesy of CNBC:

Prosecutors accused the hackers of operating in connection with the Chinese government.
They are accused of stealing information from at least 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies.

Agencies targeted included the Department of Energy's National Laboratory and NASA's jet propulsion lab.

The hackers also allegedly targeted defense industrial companies and managed service providers, as a way to gain entry to U.S. corporations and agencies through their suppliers.
The two defendants, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, were allegedly members of a group known as "Advanced Persistent Threat 10," or "APT10." The group was also known within the cybersecurity community as "Stone Panda," "Red Apollo" and "POTASSIUM."
APT10 allegedly hacked into more than 40 computers connected to the U.S. Navy and stole confidential data, including "the personally identifiable information of more than 100,000 Navy personnel.
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They're also accused of hacking three communications technology companies, three companies "involved in manufacturing advanced electronic systems," a maritime technology company, an oil and gas company, and at least 25 other technology-related companies.

Later, DHS and the State Department warned Beijing to "abide by its commitment to act responsibly in cyberspace" and said the US would "take appropriate measures to defend our interests," according to Politico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great; on top of the trade wars, now we've got accusations of computer meddling; this is really ratchet down tensions, of course!

The timing of these accusations is not a coincidence, and I would suspect that there is someone at State, Pentagon, and/or Justice, who wants to see a hot war with China come to fruition, and right now.

The only problem: The US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with China at this time.

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