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Chinese cyber attacks on telecoms – Financial Times

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Watch out for China’s state-backed cyber warriors.

The FT’s David Bond writes that Chinese hackers have increased attacks on global telecoms companies in the past year, suggesting an escalation in Beijing’s cyber espionage operations as the US pushes allies to block Huawei from future 5G networks.

According to a new report from CrowdStrike, the California-based cyber security company that first attributed the 2016 hack on the US Democratic National Committee to Russia, 2018 saw an overall increase in Chinese cyber attacks, especially against US targets.

Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, said Chinese cyber espionage was now back to the same levels seen prior to a US-China agreement to limit economic spying signed by the two countries in 2015.

“In terms of volume, China is by far the most active [in 2018],” said Mr Alperovitch. “They are fully back and engaging in economic espionage across numerous industries of strategic interest to China.” 

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