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Alleged Chinese hackers targeted the world at state's behest

Espionage group APT 10 attacked IT providers to steal trade secrets, US says

The U.S. sees China's Ministry of State Security as behind recent cyberattacks on American targets.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The U.S. government believes that the two suspected Chinese hackers indicted this week were part of a group that operated on a global scale, attacking high-profile targets in the U.S. and elsewhere on behalf of the Chinese government.

The APT 10 group -- also known as Red Apollo and MenuPass, according to the indictment unsealed Thursday -- is believed to focus on espionage, including gathering military intelligence. It gains access to corporate and government systems via malware attached to email. The group has allegedly carried out attacks in at least 15 countries, including the U.S., Japan, the U.K., France, India and Australia.

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