China Army May Back Web Attacks

U.S. security firm says group behind attacks on at least 141 companies is similar to unit of People's Liberation Army.

China’s army may be behind a computer hacking group that has attacked at least 141 companies worldwide since 2006, according to a report by a U.S. security firm.

The attacks, mainly directed at U.S. companies, were carried out by a group that is “likely government sponsored” and is similar “in its mission, capabilities, and resources” to a unit of the People’s Liberation Army, Mandiant Corp. said in a report today.

Raising Concerns

“We have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest levels about cyber theft with senior Chinese officials, including in the military, and we will continue to do so,” the spokesman, Tommy Vietor, said in an e-mail.

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