Second Chinese army unit linked to corporate cyber-espionage
A Chinese hacking group that has attacked U.S. and European aerospace and communications companies is almost certainly linked to the Chinese military, a U.S. Internet security company said Monday.
"Putter Panda" has been active for several years, and a trail of Internet postings and domain registrations by one of its members points to it being part of Unit 61486 of China's People's Liberation Army, said Irvine, California-based CrowdStrike in a 62-page report.
The unit is different from the one recently named by the U.S. Department of Justice in a series of indictments of Chinese citizens.
CrowdStrike said the link between the attacks and the Chinese army was established through a number of Internet postings, photo uploads and domain registrations made by one of the group's members.
No surprise there.