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Chinese government continues to plague U.S. with cyberattacks

Chinese hackers are continually targeting U.S. and other western critical infrastructure, and how to combat the issue is far from easy.

Published Sun, Mar 2 2014 1:35 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

During his RSA Conference 2014 keynote last week, FireEye COO Kevin Mandia again said the Chinese government is a "nation-state sponsoring intrusions into businesses in the U.S.," continuing an increasingly popular tactic used by governments.

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China is notorious for using cyberattacks to try and gain trade secrets and private information which can then be used in China. In addition to rogue hacker groups, the Chinese government has been accused of secretly paying hackers to conduct cyber surveillance of networks and servers.

Of note, the Chinese government's Unit 61398, part of the national military, has launched more than 1,000 organized cyberattacks against select Western targets, according to security firm Mandiant. Following a break in the attacks, it appears the Chinese government is again attacking US government, military, banks, and other critical infrastructure on a near-daily basis.

The United States officials were reportedly interested in speaking with China, but following Edward Snowden's document leaks last year, anticipated talks between both countries faltered.

NEWS SOURCES:m.cio.com, nypost.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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