A first look this morning at a new report on cyber threats. A few weeks ago the cyber security firm Mandiant made big news when it linked China to cyber espionage and attempts to steal American trade secrets. This morning there is some updated information on where the threats exist.
Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant's chief security officer, talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" to explain the new threat.
Shanghai security officers chase a CNN crew attempting to record a building at the center of hacking allegations.
A new report from US security firm Mandiant saying a secret unit of the Chinese military is behind a massive computer hacking campaign against the US. The report says a cyber division of the People's Liberation Army is responsible for the hacking and it may be operating out of a white 12-story tower in Shanghai. Foreign media companies broadcasted on the mainland like CNN are blacked out when the report was mentioned on air. This morning, Mandiant Vice President of Customer Success Grady Summers joins “Starting Point” to talk about the massive computer hacking campaign.
Summers says the report contains, “pages of evidence… including 3,000 digital indicators and actually video of the attackers doing their dirty work on victim machine.” He adds that the report is, “not a baseless casual allegation. It’s based on six years of research.”
Most of the targets were, “commercial –corporate targets,” says Summers. He adds they were, “truly who’s who of American companies. Of the 141 victims worldwide, 115 of them were in the U.S.”
Summers adds, “20 different industries were targeted by this group APT1,” including blue-chip roster companies in fields like aerospace, defense, transportation and financial services.
By 2015, unmanned drones will be allowed in U.S. airspace, raising many questions about our national security and privacy.
What some University of Texas researchers set out to prove was whether it took much effort to hack them.
With just $1,000 worth of software, the group was able to successfully hijack a civilian drone. Dr. Todd Humphreys and his team of students first experimented at the University of Texas at Austin. Then, the team was asked to demonstrate the process for the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Humphreys and graduate student Daniel Shepherd explain how they were able to hack into the drone, and what implications it has for our nation's safety.