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Chinese hackers target universities for naval secrets

PortandTerminal.com, March 6, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Chinese hackers have targeted more than two dozen universities in the U.S. and around the globe as part of an elaborate scheme to steal research about maritime technology.
Cyber-security experts and U.S. officials said that the hackers were after secrets being developed for military use.

The University of Hawaii, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Washington are among at least 27 universities which have been targeted worldwide, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It is believed that the hackers behind the campaign have used phishing tactics in an attempt to compromise university networks, often by posing as partner universities and institutions.

The group in question is believed to be Chinese, and given the hackers’ focus on valuable technology and information of interest to the military, it is possible that the people behind it are state-sponsored.

In the past, China has staunchly denied any involvement in cyber attacks against the United States or other countries.

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