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Organized Chinese hacker group targeting western defense companies

The recent discovery of yet another organized Chinese hacker group steps up further tension between Washington and Beijing
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jun 10, 2014 5:00 pm

A hacker group from Shanghai, China is responsible for using cyberattacks to target aerospace companies in the United States and Europe, according to a recent report from CrowdStrike. An alleged hacker group with ties to the People's Liberation Army, dubbed "Putter Panda," operates command and control servers and intelligence-gathering operations.




Launching phishing attacks using custom-designed malware, the hacker group targeted Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office, and other popular apps.


"Putter Panda is a determined adversary group, conducting intelligence-gathering operations targeting the government, defense, research and technology sectors in the United States, with specific targeting of the U.S. defense and European satellite and aerospace industries," according to a recent release from CrowdStrike.


Following the U.S. government charging five Chinese Army officers with cyberespionage, there is active interest in discussing China's hacking activities. There is a growing concern about China's cyberespionage activities, while Beijing discusses the need to increase its own network security to defend against "hostile forces."


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