High-profile organisations in engineering, transportation and defence industries, particularly with links to the maritime sector, are being targeted by a state-backed Chinese hacking operation, according to security company researchers.
The cyber-espionage campaign has been detailed by security company FireEye, which has labelled the group Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 40 — or, more colloquially, Periscope.
The group has been active since at least January 2013. The main targets seem to be US companies in engineering, transport and defence — although it has targeted other organisations around the world. The group has also targeted university research departments focused on maritime issues, something researchers believe to be linked to China’s desire to build up its navy.