According to CNN, a notorious Chinese hacking group indicted in 2020 has accelerated its hacking operations this year. The group aims at sensitive data from government and business entities in the U.S. and many other countries. 

The news outlet cited Kris McConkey, an expert from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. McConkey said the hacker group targeted multiple U.S. entities last year, including government agencies and tech companies. 

McConkey noted that hackers infiltrate networks for data on foreign or trade policy and cryptocurrency. He believes these intruders have managed to breach several entities due to their vast scale operations. And at least 25 countries have been targeted this year. 

He told CNN, “They are, by far, the most active and globally impactful [hacking group] that we track at the minute.” 

In 2020, five Chinese cyber hackers in the notorious hacking group ATP41 were indicted for allegedly intruding on over 100 companies, organizations, and people in the U.S and other countries via “sophisticated hacking techniques.”

As part of state-backed espionage, China’s hackers have long been targeting U.S. and Western allies to steal trade secrets, advanced military technology, and intelligence, among others. 

Earlier this year, FBI Director Christopher Wray accused Beijing of stealing American technology and innovation, saying, “there’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation, and economic security than China.” 

Wray also warned that the espionage threat from China has “reached a new level—more brazen, more damaging, than ever before, and it’s vital—vital—that all of us focus on that threat together.”

In August, Cybersecurity company “Recorded Future” reported that the China-linked cyber spy group, RedAlpha, targets world humanitarian groups, think tanks, news media, and government organizations.

RedAlpha also aims at the Tibetan, Uyghur, and Falun Gong communities. 

However, all three are subjected to severe repression by the Chinese regime.
In June, a report found that another Chinese hacking group had been spying on Southeast Asian and Australian organizations since early 2013.

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