Ever heard of APT1? Probably not, but there’s evidence that it’s a unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army that’s been conducting massive cyber espionage. Who say’s so? Well, here’s the report of the information security company Mandiant that’s been revving up U.S. government concern over alleged Chinese infiltration of computer systems in western countries.
The report is entitled “APT1, Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units”. Says Mandiant: “Our analysis has led us to conclude that APT1 is likely government-sponsored and one of the most persistent of China’s cyber threat actors. The scale and impact of APT1’s operations compelled us to write this report. In an attempt to bolster defenses against APT1 operations Mandiant is also releasing more than 3,000 indicators as part of the appendix to this report, which can be used with our free tools and our commercial products to search for signs of APT attack activity.”
The Mandiant report could prove to be one of the more gripping documents of our digital times.