China hacking

Chinese accused of hacking European ministries' computers ahead of G20

Five nations were monitored before the G20 summit in St Petersburg. Photo: AP

Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye.

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013, 9:45pm

Chinese hackers mount fresh attacks - and smarter than ever, says US security firm

China denies responsibility for cyberattacks on The New York Times. Photo: Reuters

The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on "an organisation involved in shaping economic policy", experts have warned.

14 Aug 2013 - 11:00am 3 comments

China must investigate links between White House and businesses: expert

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Bloomberg yesterday quoted a source as saying that following an attack on his company by Chinese hackers in 2010, Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, was provided with highly sensitive US government intelligence linking the attack to a specific unit of the People's Liberation Army, China's military. Brin was given a temporary classified clearance to sit on the briefing by US intelligence officials.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

China army to conduct first 'digital' technology military exercise

A building in Shanghai believed to house Chinese military hackers Unit 61398. Photo: AP

China will next week conduct its first “digital” technology military exercise, state media said on Wednesday, against growing concern in Washington and elsewhere about Chinese hacking attacks.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Australian lawmaker confirms China hacked spy base

The new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation headquarters in Canberra. Photo: EPA

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints of Australia’s new spy agency headquarters years ago and the breach has been dealt with since then, an opposition lawmaker said on Wednesday in the first confirmation of media reports.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese hackers have access to major US weapons designs, report says

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr. Photo: EPA

Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major United States weapons systems, a US report says. And Australian media said Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints for Australia's new spy headquarters.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US urged to go on offence on China hacking to protect intellectual property

Jon Huntsman, commission co-chairman of an 11-month study on US intellectual property. Photo: AP

The 11-month study led by high-ranking former US officials said that theft of software and other US-developed products was costing the American economy more than US$300 billion each year – as much as the United States sells to Asia.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

PLA condemns US as 'the real hacking empire'

US computer security company, Mandiant, traced hacking attacks to an office in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Beijing branded the United States the "real hacking empire" yesterday and accused it of sowing discord between China and its neighbours.

The rebuke was issued after the Pentagon said Beijing was using espionage to fuel its military modernisation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China spying on US to develop defence, says Pentagon

Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in this building in Shanghai, a U.S. security firm alleged. Photo: AP

China is using cyberspies to boost its defence industry and military planning by gathering information about US defence programmes, a Pentagon report claims.

8 May 2013 - 5:59am 10 comments

Spotlight on China's hackers after accusations against PLA unit 61398

Illustration: Joe Lo

Since Mandiant, a US information technology security firm, sparked controversy by blaming a special unit of the People's Liberation Army for launching a series of cyberattacks on US companies, the shadowy world of hackers in China has been in the spotlight. Their activities have become a focal point of Sino-US relations.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am 1 comment

How US businesses arm China with cyberweapons

Chinese computer hacking has been on the rise in recent years.

An underreported feature of recent cyberattacks is that much of China's hacking power was Made by the USA. For decades, US-owned technology giants have set up state-of-the-art factories, laboratories and training programmes in China. 

30 Mar 2013 - 11:56am

Obama adds voice to accusations of China hacking

“We’ve made it very clear to China ... we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," said US President Barack Obama. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama entered the fray on Wednesday on cyber attacks from China, saying some intrusions affecting US firms and infrastructure were “state sponsored”.

The comments appeared to step up the rhetoric against China following similar remarks from other members of the US administration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China reportedly involved in online hacks of Australia central bank

Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia had been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information, officials said yesterday.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:53am

China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi answers questions during a press conference at the Great Hall. Photo: AFP

China’s foreign minister on Saturday rejected accusations that the country’s military was behind massive hacking attacks on US and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:28pm

China steps up defence on hacking allegations

A strategy document released by the White House warns that efforts of foreign governments and firms to obtain trade secrets are threatening US economic and national security. Photo: AP

Chinese state media stepped up the war of words on Thursday over allegations of sophisticated cyberattacks on US firms, branding the accusations a “commercial stunt” and accusing Washington of ulterior motives.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:28pm