Chinese hackers behind massive Marriott breach

Chinese hackers behind massive Marriott breach”

This time it's being accused of carrying out the Marriott data breach, according to the New York Times.

Reuters reports that its sources say the tools, techniques and procedures - a trio of indicators studied in cyberattacks - used in the Marriott breach have been used in previous breaches attributed to China.

As reported by NPR's Avie Schneider, "For 327 million of the affected guests, the compromised data includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest ("SPG") account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences".

Meanwhile, China has detained Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who now works with the global conflict research firm International Crisis Group.

Moreover, Washington is expected this week to unveil new charges against Chinese military and intelligence hackers as it seeks to counter what is seen as a broad-based, sustained cyber threat against USA government and corporate targets from Beijing. "Our effort, from Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department, is to push back against these threats to America from China", he said.

Chinese espionage efforts have become "the most severe counterintelligence threat facing our country today", Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division, told the committee.

"It's about intelligence, human intelligence", he said.

The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of cyber-theft run by Beijing. "To me, it seems focused on tracking certain people". Pompeo spoke broadly about Chinese intelligence operations, and said "That's right" when the host suggested the Marriott hack was the latest example. It said the Trump administration also plans to declassify intelligence reports to reveal Chinese hacking efforts dating to at least 2014.

A Marriott spokeswoman said it had "no information about the cause of this incident" and hadn't speculated about the attacker's identity.

A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security intelligence officer was extradited to the United States for trial.

"We can not tolerate a nation that steals the fruit of our brainpower", he said.

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