Weak data protection helped China attack US Federal Reserve, report says

China’s cyber espionage activities are extensive and sophisticated but when the Middle Kingdom tried to steal sensitive economic data from the US Fed, poor security meant its operatives didn’t have to dip too far into their bags of tricks.

Or at least that’s according to the findings of an investigation by the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, led by Republican Senator Rob Portman and released [PDF] on Tuesday.

The investigation relies on information mainly gathered by the US central bank regarding an internal probe of 13 persons of interest known as the P-network. The P-Network was described within the report as containing individuals identified by “similar foreign travel, emails, details in curricula vitae, and academic backgrounds.”

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Source: The Register