A report released by a group of network security analysts shows that an additional set of hackers related to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “may have targeted U.S. defense and European satellite and aerospace industries since 2007“, according to a recent article published on the Bloomberg web site. Findings of the security firm CrowdStrike Inc. may link a “second hacking group” to the PLA and assorted international activities, according to the article.
The article indicates that the CrowdStrike report suspects the group known as “Putter Panda” to be the hacker organization responsible for attacking “victim companies throughout the world in order to steal corporate trade secrets, primarily relating to the satellite, aerospace and communication industries.” CrowdStrike data also notes that Putter Panda is “likely part of the 12th Bureau of the PLA’s 3rd General Staff Department based in Shanghai“, according to the report information provided in the article. The report states, according to Bloomberg, that “Chen Ping” (also known as cpyy) has been identified as the one “responsible for registering the command and control needed to run the malware used in the attacks.”
CrowdStrike’s CEO George Kurtz was quoted in the article to say, “When you look at the patent denials that came back from the Chinese government that they don’t engage in theft of trade secrets, it’s just false. It’s not just limited to this group. It’s a much broader problem.” The Chinese government “dismissed” and responded to these recent allegations by accusing the United States of “routinely engaging in cyber espionage.” A quote taken from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying during a press conference in Beijing was noted in the article saying, “America should stop playing victim because America is the No. 1 hacking empire in the world. Instead of reflecting on its own mistakes, the American side has intensified its behavior. I don’t think this is very constructive.”