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Chinese hackers blamed over seeking military secrets through cyber-attacks on 27 universities


iDefense the cyber-security company reports that Chinese hackers selected more than 24 universities inside USA and other countries with the purpose to sneak at their maritime military studies.


Accenture Security's cyber-security intelligence arm iDefense found those plentiful universities the hackers targeted which shows how wide and what a complex scheme they handled as it dated backwards to no more than April 2017 with the aim at seizing military secrets, thus reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The band reportedly targeted 27 universities, prominently University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with other colleges within Southeast Asia and Canada. While the security company didn't delineate all the university names because of ongoing investigations, however the WSJ reports citing anonymous sources that Duke University
and Penn State formed 2 of the remaining schools attacked.


iDefense states that phishing e-mails were used for carrying out the cyber assaults even as the e-mails pretended to be genuine messages supposedly from schools looking for research opportunities, however, contained malware.


Telling Fox News, J. Dorsey Navy Cmdr outlined that the Navy perceived well how serious were the cyber threats undergoing evolution while all the time it strengthened its cyber-security awareness and environment, together with its IT capabilities and cyber defenses. www.foxnews.com posted this dated March 6, 2019.


Speaking to WSJ, Howard Marshall chief of threat intelligence operations at iDefense stated that universities quite agreed towards sharing information to increase knowledge of academic details. But, evident from the security company's adversaries and their findings, that very comfortably allows them for running their operations.


Security researchers have given the hackers' band different nicknames such as Leviathan, Mudcarp, and Temp.Periscope. The hacking band believably was the same one behind theft of data on submarine warfare of USA that spread during a period of 18 months concluding December 2018.


There are more reports arriving about Chinese cyber assaults when the time is diplomatically sensitive because of USA giving great security importance vis-à-vis the ZTE and Huawei tech companies. Nevertheless, both ZTE and Huawei dismiss the accusations. Simultaneously, ongoing tariffs are continuing that make dents to the
relationship of USA-China.


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