Chinese hackers tap into EU diplomatic communications network

The Chinese government has been covertly monitoring communication between European government organizations and think tanks potentially for years, researchers claim. In a report (.PDF), researchers from Area 1 Security said that the ongoing campaign has “gained access into the diplomatic correspondence network of the European Union.”

Area 1 Security has attributed the infiltration to the Strategic Support Force (SSF) of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). An online cybersecurity team was established by the PLA in 2011, but it was not until 2015 before China explicitly admitted to the unit’s existence.

Read more about the state-sponsored Chinese hacking attack on ZDNet.