Investigators have determined that computer systems owned by “three Israeli defense contractors” were “comprised” by a Chinese hacker group between October 10th 2011 and August 13th 2012, according to an article recently published on the SC magazine website. The article indicates that Cyber Engineering Services (CES), an american threat intelligence firm, determined that the hackers invaded with the goal to “steal hundreds on confidential documents on Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.”
According to the SC Magazine report, CES tapped into a “secret communication infrastructure set-up by hackers” which revealed that the elite cyber operations group called “Comment Crew” (also known as “PLA Unit 61398) were responsible for this cyber attack. Breaking the news about the incident, CES reported their findings to investigative journalist Brian Krebs who wrote about the events on his website KrebsOnSecurity.com.
The article states that Krebs reported the group of stealing “huge quantities of sensitive material” which was directly related to the “Arrow III missile interceptor” which reportedly “forms part of Israel’s US$ 1 billion (£590 million) Israel Dome Missile system.” The investigations note that “most of the 700 (762 MB in size) files” – which were primarily “Word documents, PowerPoint messages, PDFs, emails and spread sheets” contained “intellectual property“, according to the article. The article notes that these reports have some speculating that China may be planning “to develop a missile defense system of its own.”