On March 5, 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that the University of Hawaii, University of Washington, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are among 27 universities in the U.S., Canada, and Southeast Asia targeted by Chinese hackers as part of a detailed scheme to steal research about maritime technology being developed for military use.
According to iDefense, a cybersecurity intelligence unit of Accenture Security, targeted universities were identified by observing that the universities' networks were communicating with servers located in China. The culprit was a Chinese hacking group that researchers have given several names, including Temp.Periscope, Leviathan, APT40, and Mudcarp. The investigations revealed that the ongoing cyber campaign by China to steal U.S. military research dates back to at least April 2017. The cyberattacks were conducted via phishing emails that appeared to be sent from partner universities but were actually loaded with malicious software.
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