Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 said that the hackers of the CIA for more than ten years intruded into the Chinese aviation industry and other purposes. The espionage campaign was discovered when samples of malicious software were compared with samples of hacker tools in the Arsenal of the CIA, released by WikiLeaks in 2017.
Several sectors and structures, including aviation organizations, research institutions, petroleum industry, Internet companies and government agencies have been targeted. Qihoo added that the hacking aviation purposes may have been aimed at tracking “route, VIPs”.
Qihoo has published a catalogue of intercepted malware samples and the analysis time of their creation, which showed that whoever developed these tools, he did it during working hours on the East coast of the United States.
the United States and China and other world powers, rarely comment when they are accused of cyber espionage. Nevertheless, there has long been evidence made public by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden with espionage by the United States or U.S. prosecutors and private security firms in the case of China that the two countries periodically breaking into computer systems to each other.
the Accusations against China American companies for many years contained in long data records. Lately, Chinese companies have begun to do the same for other foreign hacking groups.
Date last published Qihoo may be associated with the prosecution of the four Chinese military hackers in the past month in connection with hacking American credit Bureau Equifax, said Adam Segal, who studies China and cybersecurity at the Council on foreign relations in new York. The expert believes that public disclosure of CIA operations can be consideredbe the Chinese response to Washington.
U.S. Prosecutors accused the 29-year-old programmer Joshua Schulte that he gave WikiLeaks the largest array of secret data about the work of the CIA. He was indicted on thirteen episodes, the maximum combined penalty for which is 135 years ‘ imprisonment. Schulte, who previously worked for the CIA, was one of the developers, which was used for hacking the computers of persons suspected of terrorism.
“Years of work and millions of dollars spent on the development of these tools for nothing,” said assistant U.S. attorney David Denton jury at the trial in new York last month, according to a transcript of his speech.
In March 2017 WikiLeaks has published 9 thousand documents, called the Vault 7. From them it became known that the CIA used a software vulnerability to connect to the operating systems Android and IOS, as well as “smart” Samsung TV.
Schulte denies the allegations, claiming that he was unjustly accused because of their relationship with colleagues.