U.S. Chamber of Commerce Networkrs Said to Be Hit by China-Based Hackers
By Michael Riley – Dec 21, 2011 9:46 AM ET
China-based hackers rifled the computer networks of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stealing a large amount of confidential e-mails and documents in what a person familiar with the investigation described as a major security breach of the country’s largest business lobbying organization.
The attack, which occurred in 2010, is part of a recent wave of China-based espionage directed at U.S. companies, business associations, and lobbying groups involved in trade policy associated with China, according to the person, who declined to be identified because the matter isn’t public.
In November, the National Association of Manufacturers was attacked by hackers who targeted the computers of four executives who regularly communicate with U.S. lawmakers on trade policy.
An initial security review suggested that ultimate target may have been the chief executive officers of NAM member companies, which include large U.S. manufacturing firms doing business in China, according to Jeff Colburn, NAM’s vice president of information technology.
The U.S. Chamber, which has more than 3 million members, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The attack on the Chamber of Commerce was reported earlier in the Wall Street Journal.
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