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China’s hackers are back at it

posted at 1:17 pm on May 20, 2013 by

Not terribly surprising, as the consequences of this behavior have been less than noteworthy:

Three months after hackers working for a cyberunit of China’s People’s Liberation Army went silent amid evidence that they had stolen data from scores of American companies and government agencies, they appear to have resumed their attacks  using different techniques, according to computer industry security experts and American officials.

The Obama administration had bet that “naming and shaming” the groups, first in industry reports and then in the Pentagon’s own detailed survey of Chinese military capabilities, might prompt China’s new leadership to crack down on the military’s highly organized team of hackers — or at least urge them to become more subtle.

But Unit 61398, whose well-guarded 12-story white headquarters on the edges of Shanghai became the symbol of Chinese cyberpower, is back in business, according to American officials and security companies.

Who thought that the Chinese military could be “shamed” in the first place?  Isn’t this the same nation that forcibly aborts children in support of the one-child policy that Joe Biden “fully understand[s]”?  Shame isn’t exactly high up on their response list. It looks like they only stopped long enough to try less-detectable strategies, and that’ll be their strategy the next time, too.

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I guess Chinese gold-farming for WOW has died down, and that freed up a lot more hackers.

The Rogue Tomato on May 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Who is behind the “servebeer” dot com attacks that keep happening here and on Breitbart? Am I the only one? That would be weird.

Fallon on May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Fallon on May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM


avagreen on May 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM