Chinese Hacking Campaign Breached Four More U.S. Defense Firms, Scope Reaches 600 U.S. Systems
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Researchers at Palo Alto Networks say that a suspected Chinese hacking campaign has breached four more U.S. defense and technology companies in the last month on top of the one U.S. victim organization previously identified in November. Globally, at least 13 organizations in defense, health care, energy, and transportation are now confirmed to have been breached.
Moreover, the researchers identified about 600 cases in the U.S. of systems running a type of vulnerable software made by the multinational technology firm Zoho that the hackers have exploited, including installations at 23 universities, 14 state or local governments, and ten health care organizations. The effort shares similarities with the techniques of a group Microsoft has identified as operating in China.
Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 researchers believe the hackers could be trying to gain long-term access to computer systems to siphon off critical data from US companies. (Sean Lyngaas / CNN)
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