China “Gifted” the African Union a Headquarters Building and Then Allegedly Bugged It for State Secrets

Abdi Latif Dahir
Quartz
In an investigation published by French newspaper Le Monde, China, which also paid and built the computer network at the AU, allegedly inserted a backdoor that allowed it to transfer data.

US Charges 3 Chinese Nationals with Hacking, Stealing Intellectual Property from Companies

Evan Perez
CNN
The charges being brought in Pittsburgh allege that the hackers stole intellectual property from several companies, including Trimble, a maker of navigation systems; Siemens, a German technology company with major operations in the US; and Moody’s...

China Is Reluctant to Blame North Korea, Its Ally, for Cyberattack

New York Times
China analysts say Beijing will hesitate before directly casting blame on North Korea even if evidence directly ties the North to the attack. Beijing is more likely to single out other actors, particularly the United States, experts say.

China Expresses Concern at Revelations in Wikileaks Dump of Hacked CIA Data

Reuters
China expressed concern on Thursday over revelations in a trove of data released by Wikileaks purporting to show that the CIA can hack all manner of devices, including those made by Chinese companies.

U.S. Charges Three Chinese Traders With Hacking Law Firms

Sara Randazzo and Dave Michaels
Wall Street Journal
Indictment says the traders bought shares of at least five publicly traded companies before announcements that the firms would be acquired

Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Jeevan Vasagar and Geoff Dyer
Financial Times
Cyber security group says attack launched against visitors to vessel in South China Sea

Likely Hack of U.S. Banking Regulator by China Covered Up

Jason Lange and Dustin Volz
Reuters
The report was released amid growing concern about the vulnerability of the international banking system.

Sinica Podcast

06.27.16

Patrolling China’s Cyberspace

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book, The Hacked World Order, provides an in-depth exploration of the...

Chinese Economic Cyber-Espionage Plummets in U.S.

Joesph Menn, Jim Finkle
Reuters
U.S. network security companies notice a 90 percent decrease in Chinese hackers, as promised by the Chinese government....

China Read Emails of Top U.S. Officials

Robert Windrem
NBC News
First codenamed "Dancing Panda" by U.S. officials was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014...

Want to Circumvent China’s Great Firewall? Learn These 9 Phrases First

Kuang Keng Kuek Ser
Public Radio International
A story about the newly updated e-book Decoding the Chinese Internet: A Glossary of Political Slang”

Hillary Clinton Says China Hacks into “Everything that Doesn’t Move”

Jake Flanigin
Quartz
The Democratic presidential candidate accused Chinese hackers of stealing “huge amounts of government information.”

Jitters in Tech World Over New Chinese Security Law

Paul Mozur
New York Times
New language in the rules calls for a “national security review” of the technology industry — including network and other products and services — and foreign investment.

Hunt for Deep Panda Intensifies in Trenches of U.S.-China Cyberwar

Jeremy Wagstaff
Reuters
Deep Panda is one of several hacking groups that cybersecurity companies accuse of hacking U.S. networks.

Attack Gave Chinese Hackers Privileged Access to U.S. Systems

David Sanger, Nicole Perlroth and...
New York Times
Chinese intruders' attack gave them “administrator privileges” into Office of Personnel Management computer networks...

Former CIA Chief Says Government Data Breach Could Help China Recruit Spies

Damian Paletta
Wall Street Journal
Retired Gen. Michael Hayden calls records a ‘legitimate foreign intelligence target’.

Chinese Hackers Circumvent Popular Web Privacy Tools

Nicole Perlroth
New York Times
The attackers compromised websites frequented by Chinese journalists as well as China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.

China in Focus as Cyber Attack Hits Millions of U.S. Federal Workers

Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom
Reuters
Hacks possibly compromised the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees.

Snowden Revelations Just Gave China More Ammunition Against US Hacking

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China concerned about New Zealand and U.S. intelligence plan to hack Chinese government buildings in Auckland.

IBM Venture With China Stirs Concerns

Paul Mozur
New York Times
IBM is running into Obama pressure to persuade Beijing to drop new measures that require American companies to hand over technology in exchange for market access.

Why Do the Chinese Hack? Fear

Enrique Oti
War on the Rocks
To ensure its survival, the Chinese Communist Party has decided that it must control the Internet. 

China Accused Of Decade Of Cyber Attacks On Governments And Corporates In Asia

Jon Russell
TechCrunch
“There’s no smoking gun...,but all signs point to China” Bryce Boland told TechCrunch.

Conversation

04.01.15

New Chinese Cyberattacks: What’s to Be Done?

Steve Dickinson, Jason Q. Ng & more
Starting last week, hackers foiled a handful of software providers that promote freedom of information by helping web surfers in China reach the open Internet. The attacks that drastically slowed the anti-censorship services of San Francisco-based...

Obama Expands Options for Retaliating Against Foreign Hackers - NYTimes.com

Peter Baker
New York Times
Obama used existing authority to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, but the new order will expand his options.

Chinese Authorities Compromise Millions in Cyberattacks

Charlie Smith
Great Firewall of China
Hijacking the computers of millions of innocent Internet users around the world shows China's disregard for Internet governance norms...

China Appears to Attack GitHub by Diverting Web Traffic

Paul Mozur
New York Times
In recent attacks on sites that try to help Internet users in China circumvent censorship, the Great Firewall appears to have been used as a weapon.

Q. and A.: Adam Fisk on Evading Internet Censorship in China

Patrick Boehler
New York Times
GreatFire.org’s “mirrored” websites and the Internet bandwidth-sharing service Lantern have allowed users to access the open Internet.

U.S. Coding Website GitHub Hit With Cyberattack

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
The attack appears to underscore how China’s Internet censors increasingly reach outside the country.

China (Finally) Admits to Hacking

Shannon Tiezzi
Diplomat
An updated military document for the first time admits that the Chinese government sponsors offensive cyber units.

China’s Biggest Anti-Censorship Service is Under Attack

Russell Brandom
Variety
GreatFire.org has been under an unprecedented denial-of-service attack, receiving more than 2 billion requests per hour.

Yahoo to Shutter China Office and Cut “Around 350” Jobs

Martin Patience
BBC
The move not a huge surprise as Yahoo has been retreating since 2013 when it ended email servies in China. 

Global Push Aims to Change China’s Mind on Bank Rules: U.S. Official

Krista Hughes
Reuters
Lobby wants China to stop rules that would force tech vendors to Chinese banks to hand over source code. 

The Constant Adaptations of China’s Great Firewall

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
Firewall-hopping technologies see activist programmers and Chinese censors engaged in a cat-and-mouse game. 

China’s Xi to Make First State Visit to U.S. as Both Flag Problems

Peter Cooney, Ben Blanchard and Michael...
Reuters
The two biggest economies are trying to ease tension over trade, human rights, and accusations of hacking and Internet theft.

Chinese Media Blast Fox News Host Bob Beckel Over ‘Chinamen’ Rant

Abid Rahman
Hollywood Reporter
“The Five” co-host’s discriminatory remarks have caused a storm of controversy and anger in China, echoing calls in the U.S. for him to be fired.

Chinese Hackers Extending Reach to Smaller U.S. Agencies, Officials Say

MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
New York Times
After years of cyberattacks on the networks of high-profile government targets like the Pentagon, Chinese hackers appear to have turned their attention to far more obscure federal agencies.

How Will Cyber Spying Impact U.S., China Relations?

Bloomberg
Bloomberg
Asia Society Senior Fellow Jamie Metzl discusses cyber spying and U.S., China relations and the re-militarization of Japan on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

Michael S. Schmidt, David E. Sanger and...
New York Times
Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials.

From Mountains, Island, Secret Town, China’s Electronic Spy Shop Watches

James T. Areddy, Paul Mozur, and Danny...
Wall Street Journal
Using Chinese government websites, academic databases and foreign security expertise, The Wall Street Journal assembled an overview of some secret operations of China's global monitoring organization, the Third Department of the People's...

Culture

07.01.14

Inside the Mind of a Chinese Hacker

Emily Parker
In May, the U.S. announced the indictment of five Chinese hackers for breaking into the computers of U.S. companies. The men went by code names like UglyGorilla and KandyGoo. A recent report revealed that the hackers, who worked for Unit 61398 of...

China Escalates Its War on American Tech Firms

Michael Schuman
Time
The Chinese government, angered by Washington's charge that Beijing engages in cyberspying, is looking for some payback...

China Threatens Security Checks for Tech Firms After U.S. Indictments

Christopher Buckley
New York Times
China will establish new procedures to assess potential security problems with Internet technology and services used by sectors “related to national security and the public interest.”

UglyGorilla Hacker Left Tracks, U.S. Cyber-Hunters Say

Michael A. Riley and Dune Lawrence
Bloomberg
Prosecutors building a case against Wang Dong, one of five Chinese military hackers indicted for economic espionage, were helped by Wang’s apparent willingness to break a cardinal rule of spying: Leave no tracks.

Conversation

04.06.14

Spy Vs. Spy: When is Cyberhacking Crossing the Line?

Vincent Ni, Chen Weihua & more
Vincent Ni: For a long time, Huawei has been accused by some American politicians of “spying on Americans for the Chinese government,” but their evidence has always been sketchy. They played on fear and possibility. I don’t agree or disagree with...

While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

David Davies
NPR
New documents show that the U.S. National Security Agency penetrated the large Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, gathering information about its operations.

Microsoft Denies Global Censorship of China-Related Searches

Paul Carsten
Reuters
Microsoft denied it was omitting websites from its Bing search engine results for users outside China after a Chinese rights group said the U.S. firm was censoring material the government deems politically sensitive.

How the Chinese Internet Ended Up at a House in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Brian Fung
Washington Post
In trying to block Chinese traffic going to Sophidea, the Great Firewall's operators accidentally diverted more traffic there...

China Suffers Massive Internet Outage, Analysts Suspect Hackers

Paul Armstrong
CNN
The state-run China Internet Network Information Center blamed the blockage on a “malfunction in root servers.”

Cyber-Disconnect at Joint U.S.-China Press Conference

Anna Murline
Christian Science Monitor
Defense Secretary Hagel called a new U.S.-China cyberaffairs working group a ‘venue for addressing issues of mutual concern.’ His Chinese counterpart, General Chang Wanquan, denied there was a problem. 

China Media on the Snowden Saga

BBC
Media in China see further embarrassment for the United States after whistleblower Edward Snowden gets temporary asylum in Russia.

Conversation

06.18.13

What’s Right or Wrong with This Chinese Stance on Edward Snowden?

Shai Oster & Steve Dickinson
For today’s ChinaFile Conversation we asked contributors to react to the following excerpt from an op-ed published on Monday June 17 in the Global Times about Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old American contract intelligence analyst who last...

Media

06.11.13

Chinese Web Users React to U.S. National Security Agency Surveillance Program

The online reactions to the PRISM incident, in which the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been revealed to conduct a far-ranging surveillance program affecting many both in the U.S. and abroad, have been as fascinating as the event itself...

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Edward Wong
New York Times
Whether it is used to break into private networks, track online dissent back to its source or steal trade secrets, hacking is openly discussed and even promoted at trade shows, inside university classrooms and on Internet forums. 

U.S. Turns Up Heat On Costly Commercial Cybertheft In China

Tom Gjelten
NPR
A recent survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China , found 26 percent of respondants (all U.S. businesses) reported somebody stealing business data from their computers, and 42 percent said the problem is getting worse. 

Mandiant: No Drop In Chinese Hacking Despite Talk

Paul Mozur and Josh Chin
WSJ: China Real Time Report
The only change, Mandiant’s Chief Security Officer said, has been a noticeable drop in cyber attacks from Unit 61398, a group within the People’s Liberation Army that Mandiant accused in February 2013.  

U.S. Eyes Pushback On China Hacking

Siobhan Gorman
Wall Street Journal
Current and former officials said the offensive shift turned on two developments: new intelligence showing the Chinese military directing cyberspying campaigns, and a sudden change in U.S. companies’ willingness to acknowledge Chinese...

As Hacking Continues, Concerns Grow That Chinese-Americans May Suffer

Didi Kristen Tatlow
International Herald Tribune
An interview with prominent Chinese-American legal scholar about the recent hacking issue and Chinese-Americans role in offsetting potential negative misconceptions about the community.

China Hacker’s Angst Opens A Window Onto Cyber-Espionage

Tommy Yang
Los Angeles Times
A P.L.A. hacker’s blog is discovered, providing a rare peek into the secretive hacking establishment of the Chinese military, in what is believed to be by far the world’s largest institutionalized hacking operation. 

What China’s Hackers Get Wrong About Washington

Ezra Klein
Washington Post
Chinese hackers believe the most pervasive of of all Washington legends: that everything that happens in D.C. fits into somebody’s plan. Because in China, it would be like that. Not in our nation’s capital.