"Automated espionage system based in China"

It’s not clear whether the 34+ companies attacked by Chinese hackers were attacked by the “automated espionage system based in China” that Canadian researchers found. Regardless, it’s clear Chinese hacking is pretty sophisticated:

Google’s description of the attacks closely matches a vast surveillance system called Ghostnet that was reported in March by a group of Canadian researchers based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto. They found that an automated espionage system based in China was using targeted e-mail messages to compromise thousands of computers in hundreds of governmental organizations. In each case, after the computers were controlled by the attackers, they were able to scan for documents that were then stolen and transferred to a digital storage facility in China.

Posted by James on Thursday, January 14, 2010