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China’s cyber-spies make money on the side by hacking video games

Just because you’re a world-class Chinese government hacker busy conducting espionage against geopolitical adversaries doesn’t mean you can’t make a little extra money on the side.
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By Patrick Howell O’Neill The hackers behind a sophisticated seven-year Chinese government intelligence operation simultaneously use their talents to hack for personal profit by putting a bull’s-eye on targets in the cryptocurrency and video game industries, according to the American security firm FireEye. The group, dubbed APT41, showcases a rare combination of activities for a country like China, where the
said, “and we believe these activities were formative in the group’s later espionage operations.” Despite the significant overlap, there is a clear dividing line between the group’s espionage and for-profit work: more advanced tactics and malware are typically reserved for the big targets picked out by Beijing. ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By Patrick Howell O’Neill The hackers behind a sophisticated seven-year Chinese government intelligence operation simultaneously use their talents to hack for personal profit by putting a bull’s-eye on targets in the cryptocurrency and video game industries, according to the American security firm FireEye. The group, dubbed APT41, showcases a rare combination of activities for a country like China, where the said, “and we believe these activities were formative in the group’s later espionage operations.” Despite the significant overlap, there is a clear dividing line between the group’s espionage and for-profit work: more advanced tactics and malware are typically reserved for the big targets picked out by Beijing. ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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