Cyber-espionage: The Chinese Are Coming! The Chinese Are Coming!

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • Is the Chinese cyber-espionage highlighted in the Verizon breach report escalating, or are we just getting a clearer picture of business as usual?
  • The larger threat still comes from within our own borders and from Eastern Europe.

The new Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report made for good headlines concerning an increase in what it says is cyber-espionage coming from China.  The one-two punch of the earlier Mandiant APT1 report, which offered evidence of the massive cyber-espionage effort conducted by Unit 61398 of China’s People’s Liberation Army, and the new Verizon report puts more pressure on the U.S. government to respond to this apparent increased threat; it also puts the onus on board members of publicly held companies that are targets of espionage to put more resources into the protection of intellectual property.  Just the phrase ‘Chinese cyber-espionage’ has very sinister connotations to it, conjuring up thoughts of attacks on infrastructure, or increasing competition with Chinese companies using stolen IP and cheap manufacturing as a competitive cudgel. Continue reading “Cyber-espionage: The Chinese Are Coming! The Chinese Are Coming!”