China blamed for multi-continent cyberspying caper in 2011

May 3, 2012

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Source: Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor

For six months last year, cyberspies infiltrated and siphoned key data from the computer networks of at least 20 organizations in the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe – all of them with policy, economic, or political interests pending in China – then laundered them through a coopted server in the US and transmitted the information to China.

Operating undetected from late March to mid-September 2011, the sprawling cyberespionage program targeted, among others, a mining executive doing deals in China during a steel shortage there, Canadian immigration officials dealing with a Chinese businessman fleeing prosecution in Canada, and an international maritime executive promoting a new vessel design standard to minimize greenhouse gas emissions – a move China had publicly refuted.

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