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How we trace the hackers behind a cyber attack

The Chinese military has been imputed for the recent cyber attack on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The Chinese government has, of course, denied its involvement. And it does seem somewhat convenient that it is being blamed for this latest high profile breach.

It is therefore a legitimate question to ask what evidence there may be to implicate China in this particular incident.

Unit 61398

Much of what we know about the Chinese military involvement in hacking has come from work done by security firms like Mandiant, which first detailed what it knew about the activities of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s infamous Unit 61398.

Mandiant analysed the activities of this cyber espionage unit which, according to Mandiant, had hacked 141 companies over a seven year period, targeting any intellectual property it could find.

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