Chinese military hackers successfully breached the systems of several transportation companies that do important work for the military, according to a new Senate Armed Services Committee report released last Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
U.S. Transportation Command, or TRANSCOM, is the outfit that moves troops and equipment. The command relies on a network of private companies large and small.
The heavily-redacted report outlines more than 20 successful intrusions on behalf of the Chinese government. “These are just those intrusions of which TRANSCOM is aware,” the report states.
The hacks outlined occurred between 2008 and 2013, but most occurred in 2012. The Chinese hackers stole emails, documents, compromised “multiple systems” of ships, obtained credentials, personal identification numbers and passwords for encrypted email and, through a phishing scam, convinced someone working at a TRANSCOM contracting air company to download an email with malware onto the airline’s network.
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