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Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Targeting U.S. Experts on Iraq


A private cyber security firm has discovered evidence that a suspected Chinese government hacker group has been targeting U.S. experts on Iraq. CrowdStrike — a firm consisting of former U.S. government officials and credited with exposing the motives of Russian hacker group Energetic Bear — claims they have discovered that hackers belonging to Deep Panda have shifted from attacking experts associated with Southeast Asian geopolitical affairs to attacking the computers of U.S. think tank employees specializing in Iraq. The hacking began on June 18 —the day the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) attacked an oil refinery.  They immediately started going after Middle East specialists and experts, so it was a clear indication they were receiving tasking, CrowdStrike VP of Intelligence Adam Meyers told The Wire.

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