U.S. Indicts China-Backed Duo for Massive, Years-Long Spy Campaign

The homeland security implications are significant: the two, working with Beijing-backed APT10, allegedly stole sensitive data from orgs like the Navy and NASA.

The Department of Justice on Thursday charged two Chinese hackers with stealing “hundreds of gigabytes” of data from more than 45 other governmental organizations and U.S.-based companies.

This has potentially significant national security ramifications: Targets included the NASA Goddard Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory; U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and the Navy.

The two hackers, Zhang Shilong and Zhang Jianguo, are alleged to be members of APT10, a well-known China-based threat actor, which is believed to be directly connected to the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s (MSS) Tianjin bureau.

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Source: ThreatPost