According to an American cyber security company for nearly two years China has been hacking foreign defense contractors. What are they looking for? Drone technology, according to Darien Kindlund, manager of threat intelligence, FireEye.
“I believe this is the largest campaign we’ve seen that has been focused on drone technology,”said Darien Kindlund, manager of threat intelligence at the company, FireEye, based in California. “It seems to align pretty well with the focus of the Chinese government to build up their own drone technology capabilities.”
FireEye, has prepared a report called Operation Beebus, associating the attacks back to China.
Project 2049 Institute, based out of Virginia, conveys that using cyber-attacks to acquire knowledge is only one tool for the effort of purchasing or developing drones, both foreign and domestic.
China denies their government has sanctioned such activity. However, the attacks were identified to be from the group Comment Crew, out of the People’s Liberation Army, Shanghai.