China stole NSA hacking tools and used them against US: report

Chinese intelligence agents stole hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA) and used them in cyberattacks against targets in the U.S., Europe and Asia, cybersecurity experts have found.Symantec researchers say the spies then repurposed the tools in order to wage several attacks on U.S. targets in 2016, including highly sensitive defense targets, such as technology companies in the space, satellite and nuclear industries, according to a New York Times report on Monday.The activities were carried out by hackers identified as contractors for the Chinese government, which researchers labeled “the Buckeye group.” The group has been active since at least 2009. Three hackers with connections to the group were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2017.

Source: China stole NSA hacking tools and used them against US: report

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