Chinese Cyberespionage Targets Government and Private Organizations in South Asian Countries to Increase Influence: Report
Update: Dec 10 2021 22:58 STI
Washington [US], Dec. 10 (ANI): China continues to have a strategic and tactical interest in government and private sector organizations in Southeast Asia through its cyber espionage operations for a series of objectives intended to support a deepening of its regional influence in the future, according to a report from Avenir recorded, a US-based cybersecurity company, revealed.
The report highlights several examples of activity reported to Recorded Future customers throughout 2021.
The report prepared by Recorded Future’s Insikt Group tracks Chinese state-sponsored cyber espionage operations targeting government and private organizations across Southeast Asia and the intrusion campaigns identified almost certainly support key strategic objectives. government, such as collecting intelligence on countries engaged in land disputes in the South China Sea or related to projects and countries strategically important to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The report highlights China’s continued strategic and tactical interest in government and private organizations in Southeast Asia.
Recorded Future’s Insikt group tracks Chinese state-sponsored cyberespionage operations targeting government and private organizations across Southeast Asia.
Insikt Group has identified the compromise of the navies, prime minister’s offices, defense ministries and foreign ministries of several countries present in the South China Sea.
The targeting of Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) and Laos National Committee for SEZs is likely linked to China’s broader strategic goals under the BRI, according to the report.
The SAP has great strategic importance given its location along the Maritime Silk Road, while the Laotian government has promoted the development of SEZs as an entry point for private sector development, including national and foreign direct investments (FDI), we read in the report. (ANI)