February 19th, 2013
05:45 PM ET

Chinese military accused of cyber espionage

A new report claims China's army is behind some of the world's most prolific computer hackers.
U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, says it tracked hacking activity to an area near Shanghai. Specifically, to a building used by a secret division of the Chinese military.

Mandiant calls the hacking group APT1. The report includes details about the methods used by APT1 to target its victims. It concludes the group operates with support from the Chinese government.

The company's vice president Grady Summers welcomed other researchers to scrutinize the data in the report. He said, "These accusations are not at all baseless. They are very well-rooted in fact, and very prudent actually."

China has questioned the evidence in the report. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei also denied allegations of hacking. He argues that China is a frequent victim of cyberattacks originating from the United States.

Summers concedes that hacking happens from all corners of the Internet. But he says, "We're stating very clearly that this is asymmetric, that China is attacking the U.S. on a scale like we've never seen before."

Mandiant counted 141 victims of APT1 over six years. Of those, 115 were based in the United States.

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  1. robin

    Great, more misinformation from the mainstream media. Get your act together US and quit blaming other people for your woes.

    February 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • atomics

      You are really a dolt. China steals information to serve their own economy and country, more so than any other country on the planet. They steal plans to everything, they duplicate products and factories, this is the only reason they are growing at the pace they are growing at, because they are stealing from us. Get educated please and don't post if you don't know what you are talking about.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      How are you going to say that we caught them no blaming its facts we located the exact place. China is the one blaming it just got caught and is like a lil kid blaming the first for doing it first if its true or not

      February 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  2. moo goo

    Shouldn't this be on the front page? Something tells me this story is more important than celebrity domestic abuse and suicides. First Hollywood and now media news outlets. When will pandering to a corrupt Chinese gov. end? We're all screwed. Thanks CNN!

    February 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  3. RIck

    what? This guy didn't answer the question that U.S and China are attacking each other. = =|| They knew the answer but refuse to rely.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  4. Chris


    February 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply

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