On Wednesday 3rd October, the US government cautioned that a new hacking group, popularly known as cloudhopper, has initiated attacks on technology service providers in an offensive to steal data from their clients. According to Western cyber security firms, the hackers have connection with the Chinese government.
The Department of Homeland circulated a special alert for the cloudhoppers, as they were involved in cyber espionage and also mugging of intellectual property. Earlier this week, experts from two distinguished US cyber security companies cautioned that the activity of Chinese hacking has grown amidst the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington. However, the Chinese authorities rejected the allegations made by the Western cyber security firms. The allegation stated that the Chinese authorities are supporting the activities of hacking.
The information was released by Homeland Security in order to support the US companies reacting to the attacks conducted by the group. The group has been aiming at the information technology firms, as well as the healthcare, manufacturing, energy, and communication firms.
The increase in the amount of Chinese hacking follows a pause in such attacks which were incited by a 2015 accord between the former US President Barrack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to restrict the cyber-empowered economic theft. Dmitri Alperivitch, chief technology officer of US cyber security stated that it’s a regrettable thing that the Chinese are back. There has been a huge increase in such activity over the past year and half. Hence, China is now becoming a prevalent threat which is posing a threat for various institutions all over the nation and Western Europe. In the US, the MSPs has been targeted.
Another US cyber security firm, FireEye stated that Chinese hacking groups that it has been tracking have become active over the past few months.
The caution also came with some advice on ways US firms can avert such attacks or even identify it.