Back in May it was revealed that Chinese hacker spies had taken over the Penn State University engineering department.
Here’s a recap:
“Penn State offers a potential treasure trove of technology that’s already being developed with partners for commercial applications. The breach suggests that foreign spies could be using universities as a backdoor to U. S. commercial and defense secrets. The hackers are so deeply embedded that the engineering college’s computer network will be taken offline for several days while investigators work to eject the intruders,” Bloomberg said at the time. The breach, which the school’s president called ‘an incredibly serious situation,” was allegedly perpetrated by “state-sponsored hackers” acting as “foreign spies” and was reportedly uncovered by the FBI late last year. After a lengthy investigation (which cost the university millions) school officials are now concerned that information from Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory (which has worked with the US Navy for the better part of a century) may have been compromised in the operation.
And that would hardly be the end of it.
Two months later, China was also blamed for what Washington called the “largest theft of US government data ever” and just this week, the US said the same hackers responsible for stealing information on government employees had also breached American Airlines.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 07/31/2015.