Attacks from China: A survival guide

Chinese cyberattack activity is back in the news this morning, with new details emerging on new attacks. Here's a collection of stories to help infosec pros better understand the threat.

Chinese hacking activity is back in the news this morning, with multiple news outlets reporting that a cyber unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army has resumed attacks against targets in the United States after a lull of several weeks. The cyber unit in question was first identified three months ago in a threat report from security company Mandiant.

These days, infosec practitioners operating in the daily trenches tend to take Chinese attack activity for granted. Various parties from the region have been hitting American targets for so long that it's become routine -- part of the normal scenery, if you will.

CSO's coverage of the issue has been ongoing. For infosec pros who need to better understand the threat, here is a collection of some of our more important pieces.

Mandiant gains instant fame after Chinese hack report: But report also raised questions about how the report was rolled out, and whether information could have been made public earlier

Pentagon accuses China government, military of cyberattacks: The U.S. Department of Defense said in a new report that some attacks appear directly attributable to China

New U.S. law tightens screws on Chinese cyberespionage: Obama signs law requiring NASA, Justice and Commerce departments get clearance from the FBI before buying IT systems from China-related firms

Chinese cyber-espionage threatens U.S. economy, DoD says: China's refusal to even recognize the problem -- never mind address it -- is behind opposition to granting an international service license to China

Could China blocking VPNs lead to spying on business? 'Great Firewall of China' upgrade could also allow China to spy on international companies doing business in the country

Chinese Army link to hack no reason for cyberwar: Finding of China's involvement in recent hacks in U.S not an act of war because it's cyberespionage, says proponent of proactive defense

Microsoft: Most PCs running pirated Windows in China have security issues: Microsoft finds widespread piracy in PCs sold in China, warns consumers in new campaign

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