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Tag: Cyber Command


Get tough on Ugly Gorilla and other Chinese hackers

21ehackersThis editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

If you can’t innovate, steal.

That’s likely the rationale behind years of Chinese cyberattacks against U.S. companies in such fields as aerospace, satellite and telecommunications, information technology and scientific research.

A private U.S. technology security firm, Mandiant Corp., announced earlier this week that it has linked a massive cyberattack campaign to the Chinese military (China steadfastly denies any role). Mandiant says that 141 companies and governmental agencies were targeted, 115 of them in the United States, by such entertainingly named hackers as Ugly Gorilla, Dota and SuperHard.

All of the hackers seem to operate out of one place – a Shanghai office building operated by the People’s Liberation Army cyber-command unit. Among the unnamed companies whose security has been breached are military contractors and ones with responsibility for parts of the U.S. power grid, water supply, and oil and gas pipelines.
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Cyberattacks reflect need for vigilance, new strategies

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Is the United States’ next war already being fought – in cyberspace?

Some think that if the war hasn’t begun, at least the initial skirmishes are taking place, with enemies sizing up each other’s strengths and weaknesses. In this war, navies, armies and fighter jets will be on the sidelines. The front-line warriors will be computer programmers, hackers and encryption experts.

Most recently, Google reported that hackers had broken into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of a Cabinet-level official, senior U.S. government officials and military personnel. The breaches allowed the hackers to read vast numbers of incoming and outgoing messages.

Google traced the cyberattacks to the city of Jinan in northeast China – which just happens to be the home of the Chinese army’s national-security arm and a state-supported computer science institute. Read more »