Report: Leaked Files Expose PRC International Hacking Efforts

    Report: Leaked Files Expose PRC International Hacking Efforts
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    The Facts

    • A cache containing leaked files alleged from a PRC state-linked group, which was posted on GitHub and experts consider to be authentic, indicates how Beijing works with hundreds of private hacking companies to obtain sensitive information from foreign governments and firms.

    • The documents, which only list targets and summaries of sample data, come from Shanghai-based I-Soon — also known as Auxun — a firm that has reportedly signed hundreds of deals with Chinese police, including multi-year contracts costing as much as $800K.

    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    These leaked hacking documents corroborate long-made claims that China has indeed carried out widespread and effective cyber espionage both at home and abroad — stealing personal and corporate data at an unprecedented rate. China represents a massive threat to cyber security, it's about time for the free world to fight back.

    Pro-China narrative

    Beijing has firmly opposed and taken legal action against cyber attacks, even urging the international community to build a peaceful, open, cooperative, and orderly cyberspace. Yet, once again, the West is smearing China for alleged hacking operations only to cover up that America is the main hacking state in the world.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 6% chance that there will be active warfare between the United States and China before 2027, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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