Chinese Hacker Spies Take Over Penn State Engineering Department, School Says

Posted: May 16, 2015 in Tech

Hacker-Isloate

As we noted at the time, the countries named as potential cyberadversaries come as no surprise:

Unsurprisingly, the list of cyber adversaries is indistinguishable from what might fairly be called Washington’s “usual suspects.” The villains are: Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea. In fact, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the Pentagon was recently the target of a Russian “cyber intrusion” which he claims was quickly detected by a government “crack team.” 

That “crack team” has apparently not been on the case at Penn State over the past 24 or so months, because as Bloomberg reports, Chinese hackers have apparently been perusing sensitive information stored on computers at Penn State’s College of Engineering for years. Here’s more:

Penn State University, which develops sensitive technology for the U.S. Navy, disclosed Friday that Chinese hackers have been sifting through the computers of its engineering school for more than two years.

One of the country’s largest and most productive research universities, Penn State offers a potential treasure trove of technology that’s already being developed with partners for commercial applications. The breach suggests that foreign spies could be using universities as a backdoor to U.S. commercial and defense secrets.

The hackers are so deeply embedded that the engineering college’s computer network will be taken offline for several days while investigators work to eject the intruders.

Full Story @ [Zero Hedge]

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