California based Symantec has discovered cyber espionage against 50 different firms, including chemical and defense organizations. Symantec has declared in the released report that primary objective of this industrial espionage is to steal technical secrets and intellectual assets of these defense organizations for gaining competitive edge. The intellectual assets include documents designs, formulas and manufacturing methods.
Earlier, Avera-French Nuclear Power Group reported a cyber assault in September. This series of cyber criminal attacks started back in April, when hackers got control over command and control servers. Though, during the period, from start of June till mid July, no mischievous activities were reported; however, the attacks on chemical and other defense industries started back in late July and continued till September. Hackers of these espionage attacks are supposed to attack other industries as well.
Symantec Corp. reported, “the attackers have changed their targets over time. From late April to early May, the attackers focused on human rights related NGOs. They then moved on to the motor industry in late May.” The targeted companies include those Fortune 100 companies, working on R&D of chemicals and development of infrastructure for advance materials of military automobiles; however, it’s still a myth which fortune companies are on target.
Symantec has claimed that hacking computer is owned by a Chinese male resident and security analysts of US are considering it an attack by Chinese Government because China’s military is a leader of Cyber war, but they are continuously rejecting all these accusations of hacking, claiming that they are also a target of hackers. This way, U.S and Chinese authorities are charging each other for this industrial spying.
According to the security advisors, high accusation level of previous attacks, linked to China, hints that perhaps its armed forces or other Government authorities are stealing the technology and trade secrets to aid the state corporations.
According to U.S House of Representatives, intelligence committees’ chairman, Mike Rogers, Chinese labor’s efforts to thieve U.S technology over internet had peaked to an “unbearable stage”. Last month, he also asked top Government authorities of U.S to pressurize Beijing to stop these spying activities.
In August, another security firm, McAfee Inc., detected a five-year-yearn cutting campaign opposing more than 70 think tanks, corporations, governmental authorities and international institutions called as “Operation Shady Rat”.
McAfee also claimed in February that hackers from China have stolen out information from oil corporations of United States, Taiwan, Greece, and Khazakistan. This information comprises the details about invitation for oil fields, procedures and financing.
In China, more than 450 million people are available on internet. Government uses web for the promotion of their education and business and this huge number of internet users make China as globe’s biggest populated country with huge number of internet users. China holds a huge club of hackers where thousands of intelligent experts work. Analysts believe that some of them are supported by the armed forces in order to acquire a pool of potential recruiters. Moreover, it is said that civilians, trained by militants, might work as declarers for the companies that want to theft technology from competitors.
Google’s China-based search engine was closed after hearing complaints of cyber attacks in opposition of its email service last year. This case spotlights the challenge of tracking the assailers. Experts suggest that even if the attacks, caused to Google, were lined to a PC in China, it needs to be observed in person to be certain about the cyber attack of Google.