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Overseas cyber attacks target Chinese military, science and maritime affairs

People's Daily Online

By Jiang Jie (People's Daily Online) 16:00, October 14, 2016

China has become a major victim of overseas cyber attacks, with Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), a network hacking process, angling for information about the country's military, scientific and maritime affairs, a leading Internet security company warned.

Qi Xiangdong, president of the company, Qihoo 360, said that various Chinese cities and provincial regions have been affected by APT attacks. By mid-August, the company had detected dozens of Chinese targets in working units or institutions mostly focusing on science, education, military and infrastructure construction.

Qi also said that several APT hacker organizations were detected by the company's SkyEye Labs, including OceanLotus, HangOver, DarkHotel and ProjectSauron. The last one, originating from the West, works on sensitive information theft in countries including China and Russia.

OceanLotus has been found to be operating from an unidentified Southeastern Asian country neighboring China. The organization's early attacks on China can be traced back to 2011. It mainly attacks governmental bodies and research institutes on maritime affairs.

HangOver is based in southern Asia, targeting Asian countries including China and Pakistan. HangOver pursues sensitive information, especially on scientific studies, education and military affairs. East Asia-based DarkHotel, meanwhile, concentrates its efforts on information theft from Chinese government agencies and institutions related to aerospace and aviation.

Qi's remarks were made on Oct. 13 at the Information Security Technology Conference & Expo 2016, held in Qingdao, Shandong province. More than 150 companies attended the expo.

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