An "overwhelming percentage" of cyber attacks on U.S. corporations, government agencies, and organizations originate from a 12-story office tower on the outskirts of Shanghai that's connected to the People's Liberation Army, according to an extensive New York Times report. Read More ..
The newspaper cites a 60-page report by U.S. security firm Mandiant traces the activities of a sophisticated Chinese hacking groups -- known in some circles as "Comment Crew" or "Shanghai Group" -- to the headquarters of PLA Unit 61398. The report notes that a body of digital forensic evidence led investigators to the building's doorstep but was unable to confirm that the hackers were inside the building.
However, Mandiant argues that there is realistic explanation for the large number of attacks emanating from such a small neighborhood populated with restaurants and massage parlors.
"Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398," Kevin Mandia, the founder and chief executive of Mandiant, told the Times, "or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored Internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighborhood."