A report entitled ‘APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units’, from US cyber security company Mandiant, details wide-ranging hacking activities tracing back to China, and says the organisation APT1, which receives direct funding from the Chinese government, is responsible for stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from US government organisations and companies. The group behind this activity is informally referred to as Comment Crew or Comment Group.
Mr Andrew Beckett, Regency MD and Head of Cyber Security consulting at Cassidian, stated in an interview to Janes Defence Weekly that “the Mandiant report provides no surprise to those involved in cyber security and this should provide a wake-up call to industry and governments. Comment Crew are one of many groups Cassidian know of that are operating in this area”.
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