A comprehensive Fox Business report has highlighted how Chinese cyber-attackers stole volumes of intellectual property, security clearance details and other records from more than 14 major US companies in one of the largest-ever corporate espionage efforts.
Dubbed ‘Cloud Hopper’ by the security researchers who first uncovered it in 2016, the hack stretching across at least a dozen cloud providers, including CGI Group, one of Canada’s largest cloud companies.
According to the researchers, the hackers, who breached through cloud service providers where the companies were storing their data, anonymously hopped from client to client and defied investigators’ attempts to kick them out for years.
In its ongoing investigation, the Wall Street Journal has found that the attack was much bigger than previously known:
The Journal found that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. was so overrun that the cloud company didn’t see the hackers re-enter their clients’ networks, even as the company gave customers the all-clear.
Inside the clouds, the hackers, known as APT10 to Western officials and researchers, had access to a vast constellation of clients. The Journal’s investigation identified hundreds of firms that had relationships with breached cloud providers, including Rio Tinto, Philips, American Airlines Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Allianz SE and GlaxoSmithKline PLC.
The U.S. government says APT10 also took detailed personnel records of more than 100,000 people from the U.S. Navy. For more details, hit up the source article at this link.