A report by security company CrowdStrike claims that a new Shanghai-based cyberattack unit, with links to the People's Liberation Army in China, has been hacking the U.S..
The group—codenamed "Putter Panda" because it often preys on golf-playing conference attendees—is believed to have been in existence since 2007. Over the past seven years, it's claimed the group has attacked American, European, and Japanese companies involved with the aerospace, satellite and communication industries. The hackers have also apparently gathered information on government sectors in the US, too, according to the report.
Formally known as Unit 61486, the 12th Bureau of the PLA's 3rd General Staff Department, it's the second group to linked to cyber espionage. The first, 61398, contains five military officers listed as Wanted by the FBI. But CrowdStrike reckons that is "the tip of a very large iceberg":