China Accused of Hacking Cambodian Government Institutions
Cyber attackers have been caught hacking key Cambodian government institutions in what is strongly believed to be a coordinated Chinese government attack ahead of elections set for this month, a U.S. cybersecurity firm has alleged.
Cambodia's National Election Committee, Senate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Economy and Finance have all been breached, along with computer systems of foreign diplomats, media institutions and opposition figures, an investigation by FireEye Inc. concluded.
"We expect this activity to provide the Chinese government with widespread visibility into Cambodian elections and government operations," the firm said in a report issued Tuesday. "Additionally, this group is clearly able to run several large-scale intrusions concurrently across a wide range of victim types."
FireEye discovered that a suite of malicious software, or malware, that they had tracked since 2013 had been deployed against Cambodian political targets since at least April 2017, including numerous members of the CNRP.
It further strengthened FireEye's long-held belief that the software, which it said has previously been used against maritime targets related to China's sensitive claims over the South China Sea, is being deployed by Beijing.
Former Apple Engineer Charged With Stealing Self-driving Car Technology
A federal court has charged a former Apple engineer with stealing trade secrets related to a self-driving car and attempting to flee to China.
Agents in San Jose, California, arrested Xiaolang Zhang on Saturday, moments before he was to board his flight.
Zhang is said to have taken paternity leave in April, traveling to China just after the birth of a child.
When he returned, he informed his supervisors he was leaving Apple to join Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese company in Guangzhao, which also plans to build self-driving cars.
But security cameras caught Zhang allegedly entering Apple's self-driving car lab and downloading blueprints and other information on a personal computer at the time he was supposed to be in China on paternity leave.
Neither the FBI nor Zhang's lawyers have commented.