Chinese hackers are exploiting an array of tools and techniques to spread malicious software and steal information from government networks, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said Friday.
The top U,S.
cyber-security official, the director of National Intelligence, and two top Chinese military officers have all publicly accused China of engaging in the cyberattack on the United States.
The U.K.-based security firm Recorded Future, which tracks Chinese cyber attacks, said the hacking groups have used an array from spear phishing and ransomware to steal data and steal intellectual property from government, military and other organizations.
In one recent attack, the attackers used a virus called “Flocker” to infect and steal documents from a U.N. office in Beijing, the company said.
The attack on the U. S. National Security Agency and its contractor, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also has been blamed on the Chinese government.
But the new U.L.A. report on Chinese cyber threats said the latest Chinese activity focused on “cyber operations to compromise U. s. government networks and data centers, and to gather intelligence on U. n. government, civilian and military organizations and organizations and intelligence agencies.”
The attacks have targeted not only the National Security Administration and the Pentagon, but also the U.”s diplomatic missions, diplomatic missions of foreign nations, and the embassies and consulates of more than 70 countries in Asia, the report said.
It’s unclear whether the Chinese cyberattacks were designed to target the U,s military, or diplomats.
However, the U.,s government has long been concerned about Chinese hackers who have used malware and other methods to steal government secrets, including classified information, and steal trade secrets.
A U.s. government report earlier this year warned of Chinese hackers attempting to steal secrets from the U and its allies.
The report also warned that China was targeting U.n. diplomatic personnel and consular employees.
The latest report, titled “China’s Cyber Threat to U. States and Allies: A Path Forward,” said China was trying to gain access to information from the Pentagon and the White House to influence policy and to create public opinion against U. S. policy.
The U. are “at a crossroads and need to use every tool at their disposal,” said the report, written by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Chinese state media also published an online report this week detailing a series of cyber attacks on the Pentagon by Chinese hackers and a report that said Chinese hackers had stolen information from U.ns. diplomatic missions in China.