Chinese cyber hackers have been stealing United States secrets at a much higher rate than previously thought, according to a map of incidents just released by the National Security Agency - NSA.
The NSA Chinese cyber hackers map shared by NBC shows cyber security breaches occurred more than 600 times. The cyber espionage reportedly occurred on military, government, private, and business services in all states excerpt North Dakota. The "Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage" map covers attacks which occurred over a five-year period
The vast number of red dots on the NSA Chinese cyber attack map has reportedly shocked both government security officials and American citizens. If each dot represented a foreign spy stealing just one secret during each cyber hacking incident, hundreds of private and confidential information files may have been compromised.
The Northeast corridor of the United States from Washington, D.C. to Boston, where many massive corporations boast headquarters and a multitude of government exist, appear to be the prime targets of Chinese hackers. California had the most cyber attacks of any single state and was reportedly hit 50 times by cyber hackers. Silicon Valley in the northern region of the state was an extremely popular target for the cyber attackers.
The Lockheed Martin complex in Maryland was also reportedly impacted by the cyber criminals. A high concentration of cyber attacks also occurred in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, L.A., and Detroit. The Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage map was reportedly a part of an NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) project for an NSA briefing in February 2014.
'There's no corporate structure out there, no matter how small, whether it's a mom and pop organization, that's immune from this threat," FBI Counterintelligence agent Randall Coleman stated during an interview with NBC.
The NSA claims to know specifically which governmental agencies and businesses were infiltrated by the Chinese cyber hackers and also know exactly what information was taken. The hackers reportedly stole information pertaining to formulas used to make prescription drugs, hybrid car building specifications, and air traffic control system information relating to both civilian and U.S. Military aircraft.
The former head of both CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden, said that China is launching cyber attacks against every sector of the U.S. economy. Concerns about Chinese espionage and cyber hacking of the power grid have also been voiced by security experts.
"This is stealing American wealth. It's stealing American jobs. It's stealing American competitive advantage," General Hayden said.
This sophisticated group of Chinese hackers has been dubbed the "Shanghai Group."
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