Charges of China’s military hacking into corporate America piling up

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China’s military broke into Pentagon contractors’ computer networks at least 50 times—hacks that threaten “to erode US military technical superiority,” according to a federal investigation.

The Senate Arms Services Committee found that nearly two dozen intrusions were of the well-orchestrated “advanced persistent threat” variety. Theyearlong probe [PDF] blamed the Chinese government for hacks targeting civilian transportation companies that the US military employs for the movement of troops and equipment. According to the investigation, hackers from the People’s Liberation Army started in 2012 and put malware onto an airline’s computers, stealing computer codes, e-mail, documents, and user accounts from firms the government declined to name.

“These peacetime intrusions into the networks of key defense contractors are more evidence of China’s aggressive actions in cyberspace,” said committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

Written by David Kravets
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