Hackers in China likely to attack businesses in Japan in 2016, experts say

A group of China-based hackers known as the "APT 10" group within the cyber security community was probably involved in data leaks from Japan's top business lobbyist Keidanren at 2016, cybersecurity experts said on Sunday.

They said that the type of virus detected and the servers involved in the cyber attack at the Japan Business Federation were identical to those used in previous APN 10 cases.


A poster hosted during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington at 20 in December 2018 shows two Chinese citizens suspected of being with the APN 10 group conducting an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from US companies. Photo: AP

The business lobby said in November of 2016 that internal data leaked from personal computers. His research team found a large amount of suspicious data communications between 10 external servers and 23 infected PCs.

Feared leaked information about policy recommendations, lists of names for internal committees and e-mail exchanges with civil servants and associated companies, according to Keidanren.

The United States indicted two Chinese citizens who belonged to the group late last year by alleged state-sponsored hackers targeting government agencies and companies in the United States.

Source: Reuters | AP | SCMP

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