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Second Chinese cyber-espionage unit caught red-handed
The Australian ^ | June 10, 2014 | Supratim Adhikari

Posted on 06/09/2014 6:28:02 PM PDT by John W

The unprecedented indictment of five Chinese military officers for cyber-espionage by the US state department has already sparked a fierce war of words between Beijing and Washington, and things just might be about to get uglier.

Internet security firm CrowdStrike has released new data implicating a second Chinese military unit of pilfering sensitive data from US corporate and government targets.

CrowdStrike alleges that a group of hackers operating under the code name “Putter Panda” are targeting exploits against popular productivity applications such as Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office to deploy custom malware.

The company adds that the hacker group works at the behest of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Division (GSD) Third Department -- which it claims is China’s primary SIGINT collection and analysis agency.

“Putter Panda” is aligned to the 12th Bureau, Unit 61486, which is headquartered in Shanghai’s Chabei District and supports China’s space surveillance network.

The latest revelations are likely to further inflame tensions, given that the Chinese government has strongly criticized US action, labeling Washington’s allegations as “pure fabrication".

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


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1 posted on 06/09/2014 6:28:02 PM PDT by John W
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To: John W

Chinese... RED-handed... I get it.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 6:29:15 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Not from Taiwan, I take it :)


3 posted on 06/09/2014 6:36:00 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: John W
Many billions of our tax $'s on the NSA... and CrowdStrike (???) is our best defense...!

This has been going on in force since Clinton's 1st admin and we finally get 2 mildly worded rebukes of Chicom espionage. PATHETIC!

Why bother with the NSA/CIA/FBI/SS? We have much better options.

4 posted on 06/09/2014 6:41:12 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: John W
“Putter Panda”

Nice code name. Could the punchline for a joke -- "What is both black and white, constantly found on golf courses, and hates America and wants to destroy her?"

5 posted on 06/09/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Am I the only one who remembers Wong Wei and the internet firestorm that occurred due to that pilot’s bad flying and crashing into one of our spy planes, forcing it to land in Chinese territory?


6 posted on 06/09/2014 6:53:24 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
US/China Hainan Island "incident" caused by Chinese Pilot Wang Wei.

You just can't make these names up folks.....

7 posted on 06/09/2014 6:56:40 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: John W; GeronL

Obama is now offshoring the work done by Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden?


8 posted on 06/10/2014 10:18:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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