Chinese press say US risks global cyber war amid military hacking claims

News   •   Feb 19, 2013 11:28 GMT

US press report that a private security firm has linked the stealing of massive amounts of data from a range of companies and organizations to a group linked with China's military. Meanwhile, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party of China has accused the US of risking starting a global cyber war.

Computer security firm Mandiant said on Tuesday in a 74-page report released on its website that a group attached to China's People's Liberation Army has conducted a cyber espionage campaign against a broad range of victims since at least 2006.

The New York Times reported in an investigative piece that Unit 61398, a 12-story building in an area that also features restaurants and massage parlors, is the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Department’s 3rd Department, was the source of the campaign.

It is believed that the attacks have seen technology blueprints, manufacturing processes, clinical trial results, pricing documents, negotiation strategies and other proprietary information stolen from 141 different organizations.

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