Hackers from China have been conducting a cyberattack campaign against prominent universities in the United States in the hopes of stealing valuable information for military purposes.
The University of Hawaii, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Washington are among at least 27 universities which have been targeted worldwide, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Accenture Security’s iDefense is the source of this claim, made in a new research report due to be published this week.
The cybersecurity defense unit said the “elaborate scheme” is focused on the theft of maritime technology being developed for military applications.
Educational institutions in Canada and Asia are also on the target list.