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15:30  31 october  2019
15:30  31 october  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- A state-linked Chinese hacking group is using malware to steal SMS text messages from high-ranking military and government targets, according to cybersecurity company FireEye Inc.

The hacking technology, known as MESSAGETAP, “allows China to efficiently steal data from multitudes of sources from one location,” Steven Stone, FireEye’s director of advanced practices, said in a statement. “Espionage-related theft and intrusions have been long occurring, but what is new is the vast scale due to the use of this tool.”

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Chinese hackers have launched a wave of attacks on mainly U.S. engineering and defense companies linked to the disputed South China Sea, FireEye said . “They are going after data that can be used strategically, so it is line with state espionage,” said Plan, whose firm has tracked the group since 2013.

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The company’s finding, released in a blog on Thursday, underscores the growing concerns about China’s use of technology for espionage and the theft of intellectual property. Telecommunications pose a special concern, as the U.S. seeks to persuade its allies not to build their next-generation networks with tools from Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies Co.

But even in networks that China hasn’t built, sophisticated hacking operations might allow access to data. In 2019 alone, FireEye observed eight attempts to target telecommunications entities by groups with suspected links to the Chinese government. Four of these hacking attempts were conducted by the group known as APT41 that is now using MESSAGETAP.

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The software giant added that the methods used in the most recent attacks were similar to those used by Strontium to target governments , militaries , think-tanks, law firms Microsoft said at the time that hackers linked to Russia's government sought to launch cyber attacks on U.S. political groups.

But Chinese hackers have resumed carrying out commercially motivated attacks, security “Some of the recent intelligence collection has been for military purposes or preparing for some future Mr. Read said Iranian hackers had targeted police forces, intelligence agencies and foreign ministries

APT41 began “state-sponsored cyber-espionage missions as well as financially motivated intrusions” as early as 2012, FireEye said. But the cybersecurity company said it discovered the use of MESSAGETAP only this year while probing a hack of a telecommunications network provider.

“During this intrusion, thousands of phone numbers were targeted, to include several high-ranking foreign individuals likely of interest to China,” Stone said in the statement. “Any SMS containing keywords from a pre-defined list such as the names of political leaders, military and intelligence organizations and political movements at odds with the Chinese government were also stolen.”

Even though FireEye has detected the use of MESSAGETAP by China-linked hackers, it is difficult to defend against the malware. “There are virtually no actions that a user can take to protect these messages on their devices or even gain awareness to this activity,” FireEye said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alyza Sebenius in Washington at asebenius@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Martin at amartin146@bloomberg.net, Andrew Pollack, Dan Reichl

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China is as determined as ever to link real identities to the digital world. As of December 1st, anyone signing up for a new cellphone or cellular data contract is required to not only show their national ID card, but submit to a face scan to verify that identity. It's ostensibly meant to reduce fraud, but it also reduces your ability to use phone services in an anonymous way -- it'll be that much easier for the Chinese government to silence dissenters.There are privacy issues beyond that, too.

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