Chinese military blamed for 141 hackings, Virginia firm says

Recent cyberattacks of dozens of U.S. firms have been traced back to a small, nondescript Chinese military unit quietly working in a similarly unimpressive setting — a dull office building just outside Shanghai.

The findings come by way of a new report from the Virginia-based Mandiant Corp., which claims its “research and observations indicate that the Communist Party of China is tasking the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to commit systematic cyber espionage and data theft against organizations around the world.”

The report comes at a time when the White House is pushing for more cuts to America’s military.

Fox News says the “secret group” has hacked U.S. information at energy, aerospace and IT and telecommunication firms. Hackers obtained access to the likes of blueprints and contact lists, Fox News reports.

China dismissed the report as “groundless,” according to a report from The Associated Press. But Mandiant traced 141 instances of cybersecurity breaches that targeted facilities in the U.S. and around the world back to this single small Chinese military office, AP reported.

The report said the hacking started in 2006 and rapidly increased, CBS reported.

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