At Heart of Vast US Hacking Campaign: China Army
Report tracks prolific attacks to army's Unit 61398
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 4:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2013 7:22 AM CST
An army of hackers?   (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

(Newser) – A Shanghai-based unit of China's People's Liberation Army has liberated vast amounts of data from the US and other countries in a huge cyber-spying effort over the last seven years, according to a report from computer security firm Mandiant. PLA Unit 61398—known to some victims as the "Comment Crew"—is probably "one of the world's most prolific cyber-espionage groups," according to Mandiant, which has traced thousands of cyberattacks to an area around a 12-story building used by the unit, the BBC reports. Analysts believe the unit employs hundreds, possibly thousands of people fluent in English and skilled in computer programming.

Other security firms—and US intelligence agencies—also believe that the Chinese military is behind the cyberattacks, which have increasingly focused on critical US infrastructure. "Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398," Mandiant's chief executive tells the New York Times, "or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored Internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighborhood." White House officials say they are aware of the Mandiant report and plan to warn Beijing that the volume of the attacks threatens to seriously damage US-China relations.

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19_56_19_55
Feb 19, 2013 11:06 AM CST
Another thing the American companies that went to China and elsewhere we should not do business with them they are traitors when you go into a store today all you see is made in China. We deal with a screwed commi country like China. But yet we don't even try to be friends with Cuba what's up with that Our government would rather try to make peace with terrorist than a country 90 miles off the Florida coast. We've been fighting wars that in no way those country's could be a lethal threat to us? And our government is trying to talk peace with animals (Taliban & Al Qaida & more than a few other terrorist org's). Note; that as long as I can remember our government never has had a head to head talk with Cuba what a shame on our part. What has Cuba ever done to America that we treat them as we do. Does our government still hold resentment toward Cuba for kicking out the mobsters that we didn't want here anyway ? If we were friend with Cuba there's a lot of good things that could come out of having Cuba as a friend. I wish one of our President's would sit down with whom ever is going to Cuba cause illness has both Castro brothers in poor health. President Obama should make a push for friendship with Cuba. If we can be friends with a country that kills their own people like its nothing than I know we can be friends with Cuba.
reallybig
Feb 19, 2013 10:44 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... It's been over 51/2 months since the US Ambassador Stevens was assassinated in Benghazi Libya, and the US Intelligence agencies still can't explain who did it ... but they would have us citizens believe they know who is hacking our computers? WHAT? ..The 'unintelligent' US Intelligence Agencies are 'not' to be trusted on anything, and their lack of intelligence is mind-boggling. --- When the US Intelligence Agencies were questioned on what happened in Benghazi Libya, the night Ambassador Stevens was assassinated, they might as well have stuck their fingers up their ass, with what the answers they gave. --- To this day 'nobody' knows what happened, nor who assassinated the US Ambassador Stevens, in Benghazi Libya, on 9-11-2012. --- And we are supposed to 'trust' these people? WHO KNOWS? ...Hillary the head of the US State Department, might as well have been in a comma, for what knowledge she had of the Stevens assassination. --- Obama didn't know anything as usual, nor the CIA, the FBI, or anybody else in the Obama administration .. but they know how to blame Republicans, for all their incompetence. ------------ REALLY
19_56_19_55
Feb 19, 2013 10:28 AM CST
I've been saying all along China is not our friend they (China) are our number one country trying to hit us hard by screwing with our computers. We should start planting electromagnetic destructors in our government computer's. All one has to do is look at Chinas DRONE PROJECT to see how much those commi bastards have stolen from America. I don't understand why if were not we should be feeding them false information we should also start hacking their computer's and another one this one would really do the trick is to set up government computer's that every time they go to hack into one of our computer's our government should send magnetic supper destroyer that won't do anything till the information starts on the first page than with that first page the destroyer kicks in and kills every hard drive that is connected with Chinas computers. How would you explain that Chinas drones are exactly like ours. Cause they stole the plans from us by hacking our computers. American leaders should open their eyes. Our gov SHOULD DO THE MATH ON ALL THE MILITARY shit stolen from us by China and deduct the money we owe China and from testing & development to build and use them. If I or you should ever hack a government computer we WILL GO TO PRISON for a long time.Since China is stealing Trillions of dollars worth of military SECRETS AND WE KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT CHINA is hacking our secrets everyday and we can't put them in prison I would tell them bastards that cause you keep hacking into our computer's and taking top secret material than we don't owe you shit. If our government keeps letting China get away with this stealing our stuff it's going to be almost imposable to defeat them in a war if it ever came to that. So as far as I'm concerned we don't owe China shit they most likely owe us for the information they stole and are using and they are one country that would spy on there people with them. So will the middle east.TO OUR AMERICAN LEADERS STOP PAYING CHINA WE ARE EVEN.