11:26 PMChinese hackers breached U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Rahul Tyagi
Chinese hackers broke into computers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and
had access to everything on its systems including information on about 3
million of its members, according to a report in today's Wall Street
The report quotes unnamed sources as saying that the intrusion was discovered and shut down in May 2010, possibly a year after the hackers may have first gained access to the chamber's networks.
According to the Journal, investigators have been unable to determine specifically what information may have been compromised. However, it appears that the hackers targeted four Chamber employees who worked on Asia policy, the Journal said. About six weeks' worth of email belonging to these four employees is believed to have been stolen. In total, emails belonging to about 50 members of the Chamber appear to have been stolen, the Journal reported.
The highly targeted attack appears to have been carried out by an organized group of hackers thought to be affiliated with the Chinese government. The attackers appeared to know whom to target and what data to go after, according to the chamber's chief operating officer David Chavern. The Journal story quotes Chavern as describing the attackers and their attack methods as being very sophisticated.