CIA’s 11-year old hacking campaign against China exposed


The cyber warfare between the United States and China is nothing new but usually the latter gets all the blame but in this case, the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) is being held responsible for hacking critical infrastructure in the People’s Republic.

APT-C-39 is a hacking group that discreetly works for the CIA. According to research from a well-known Chinese cyber-security firm Qihoo 360, this group has been launching cyberattacks against China from the past eleven years. The attacks started in September 2008 and lasted until June 2019.

See: US charges 4 Chinese military hackers over 2017 Equifax breach

Throughout this time, a wide range of sectors and industries in China have been targeted including petroleum, aviation, internet, R&D, and government institutions. It is worth noting that a majority of the targets were located in Beijing, Zhejiang, and Guangdong.

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