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Arrest of top Chinese intelligence officer sparks fears of new Chinese hacking efforts


Top figures in the infosec industry fear that the recent arrest of a top Chinese intelligence officer will spark an increase in cyber-attacks from Chinese hacking groups in the coming months.

These fears were expressed today after the US Department of Justice announced the arrest and extradition of Yanjun Xu, a high-ranking director in China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country's counter-intelligence and foreign intelligence agency.

Xu was not arrested on hacking charges, but for attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets after trying to recruit several insiders from multiple US aviation and aerospace companies.

But reports from US cyber-security firm Recorded Future, and from shadowy group Intrusion Truth, have pegged the MSS as the Chinese agency in control of China's cyber-espionage operations.

"Currently, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the primary government agency engaged in the majority of cyber attacks with Chinese-government...(continued)

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