Hackers have for years stolen data about & # 39; specific individuals & # 39; from 10 global mobile networks in suspicious Chinese espionage campaigns
- Researchers say that 10 worldwide mobile networks are being breached by Chinese hackers
- Hackers were able to steal billing information, call records, login information and more
- In total there were 20 goals including politicians and spies
- The hack was large enough to participate in a widespread attack on mobile networks
In an advanced violation of nearly a dozen global mobile networks, researchers say hackers with connections to China are able to obtain sensitive call information about at least 20 targets.
The hackers – as detailed by security company Cybereason and first reported by TechCrunch – were able to retrieve a wealth of information from their efforts, including & # 39; billing information, detail records of calls, references, e-mail servers, geolocation of users & # 39; during the past seven years.
That data range, even though it does not contain actual recordings of calls, would prove particularly useful in following the activity and agenda of politicians, spies, law enforcement agencies and foreign agents, Cybereason discovered last year.
Over the past seven years, data collection efforts have taken place and at least 10 global mobile networks around the world have been broken.
& # 39; Having this information becomes particularly valuable when national state threat actors focus on foreign secret agents, politicians, opposition candidates in an election, or even on law enforcement, & # 39; reads the report.
According to CNBC, Cybereason still needs to identify the specific companies affected by the infringement, but the attacks allegedly point to increased attention to telecommunications in Western Europe.
A China-affiliated state actor named APT10 is probably behind efforts, the researchers say, citing advanced tools and refining the hack.
Lending to the success of the hacks during the last seven years were the methods used in the attack.
State actors, probably from China, were behind the effort according to Cybereason, who discovered the breach last year.
WHO IS APT10?
Also known as: Team Menupass
Probable attribution: China
Target sectors: Construction and engineering, aerospace and telecom companies and governments in the United States, Europe and Japan
Overview: APT10 is a Chinese cyber espionage group. In the past they have focused on construction and engineering, aerospace and telecom companies and governments in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Targeting of these industries is in good faith to support Chinese national security goals, including the acquisition of valuable military and intelligence information as well as the theft of confidential business data in support of Chinese companies.
Instead of hacking the individual phone from their target, the group could camp in the mobile networks and scrape data as they please.
Considering the amount of access hackers have gained, researchers warn that the group may have surpassed their violation in a more malicious and widespread cyber attack on affected mobile networks.
& # 39; Any entity that has the power to take over the networks of telecommunications providers may potentially misuse its unauthorized access to and control over the network to close or disrupt a fully cellular network as part of a larger cyber war operation & # 39 ;, is the report.
The news about the attack comes at a time when tensions between the US and China continue to worsen amid increasing tensions in trade.
Last year, the US Department of Justice sued two Chinese hackers for breaking dozens of technology companies in America.
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