Chinese Hackers Target Universities in Pursuit of Maritime Military Secrets
University of Hawaii, University of Washington and MIT are among schools hit by cyberattacks
WSJ March 5, 2019 (excerpts)
Chinese hackers have targeted more than two dozen universities in the U.S. and around the globe as part of an elaborate scheme to steal research about maritime technology being developed for military use, cybersecurity experts and current and former U.S. officials said.
The University of Hawaii, the University of Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are among at least 27 universities in the U.S., Canada and Southeast Asia that Beijing has targeted, according to iDefense, a cybersecurity intelligence unit of Accenture Security….
iDefense found that nonpublic files belonging to the University of Hawaii’s Applied Research Laboratory were laced with malware and sent to other targets, suggesting a successful intrusion at Hawaii. People familiar with the matter said one of those targets was Penn State.
The University of Hawaii declined to comment….
Nearly all of the universities shared a common link to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution….
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