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Title    An Online Dump of Chinese Hacking Documents Offers a Rare Window Into Pervasive State Surveillance
Date    Friday March 01, @10:05AM
Author    hubie
Topic   
from the red-flags dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/02/29/0226227

fliptop writes:

Chinese police are investigating an unauthorized and highly unusual online dump of documents from a private security contractor linked to the nation's top policing agency and other parts of its government — a trove that catalogs apparent hacking activity and tools to spy on both Chinese and foreigners:

Among the apparent targets of tools provided by the impacted company, I-Soon: ethnicities and dissidents in parts of China that have seen significant anti-government protests, such as Hong Kong or the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang in China's far west.

The dump of scores of documents late last week and subsequent investigation were confirmed by two employees of I-Soon, known as Anxun in Mandarin, which has ties to the powerful Ministry of Public Security. The dump, which analysts consider highly significant even if it does not reveal any especially novel or potent tools, includes hundreds of pages of contracts, marketing presentations, product manuals, and client and employee lists.

[...] The hacking tools are used by Chinese state agents to unmask users of social media platforms outside China such as X, formerly known as Twitter, break into email and hide the online activity of overseas agents. Also described are devices disguised as power strips and batteries that can be used to compromise Wi-Fi networks.

[...] "We see a lot of targeting of organizations that are related to ethnic minorities — Tibetans, Uyghurs. A lot of the targeting of foreign entities can be seen through the lens of domestic security priorities for the government," said Dakota Cary, a China analyst with the cybersecurity firm SentinelOne.

Also at WaPo, NYT, and The Guardian.

Originally spotted on Schneier on Security

Related: The Internet Enabled Mass Surveillance. A.I. Will Enable Mass Spying


Original Submission

Links

  1. "fliptop" - https://soylentnews.org/~fliptop/
  2. "catalogs apparent hacking activity and tools to spy on both Chinese and foreigners" - https://apnews.com/article/china-cybersecurity-leak-document-dump-spying-aac38c75f268b72910a94881ccbb77cb
  3. "WaPo" - https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/02/21/china-hacking-leak-documents-isoon/
  4. "NYT" - https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/22/business/china-hack-leak-isoon.html
  5. "The Guardian" - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/feb/23/huge-cybersecurity-leak-lifts-lid-on-world-of-chinas-hackers-for-hire
  6. "Schneier on Security" - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2024/02/china-surveillance-company-hacked.html
  7. "The Internet Enabled Mass Surveillance. A.I. Will Enable Mass Spying" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/12/06/0318224
  8. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=62192

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