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Chinese Hackers Break Into U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By - Source: WSJ | B 28 comments

Hackers in China are believed to have broken into the servers of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, attackers gained access to "everything" stored on the servers, including information about the Chamber's three million members.

While it was not clear how severe the breach was and what information was extracted, the Journal said that the attack may have lasted for more than a year and was among the boldest moves in an ongoing confrontation and involved "at least 300 Internet addresses." It was uncovered and shut down in May 2010. Apparently, the FBI notified the Chamber that China was stealing its information. Not surprisingly, China said that it had no idea that the attack occurred, that there was no evidence for the allegations and any accusations are irresponsible.

"What was unusual about it was that this was clearly somebody very sophisticated, who knew exactly who we are and who targeted specific people and used sophisticated tools to try to gather intelligence," the Chamber's Chief Operating Officer David Chavern told the WSJ. The Chamber believes that communications with fewer than 50 of its members were compromised. The information provided to the newspaper indicated that the breach used tools that enabled the attackers to "search for key words across a range of documents on the Chamber's network, including searches for financial and budget information."

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    joytech22 , December 22, 2011 1:27 AM
    And this is why confidential information should be stored on a network separate from the internet.
    It's that easy, yes it's inconvenient but it's also the most secure way.

    If people need data, they should have to go to the location of the servers because at least there, the security is physical.

    Of course.. Nobody will take that easy approach because it'll be too "inconvenient".
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    Sunfighterlc , December 22, 2011 1:31 AM
    Why bother doing this China? You want all our business data just go to your nearby factories that make all our crap and get the data.
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    joytech22 , December 22, 2011 1:27 AM
    And this is why confidential information should be stored on a network separate from the internet.
    It's that easy, yes it's inconvenient but it's also the most secure way.

    If people need data, they should have to go to the location of the servers because at least there, the security is physical.

    Of course.. Nobody will take that easy approach because it'll be too "inconvenient".
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    Sunfighterlc , December 22, 2011 1:31 AM
    Why bother doing this China? You want all our business data just go to your nearby factories that make all our crap and get the data.
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    stingstang , December 22, 2011 1:32 AM
    Just sounds to me like they were figuring out how much money they would be expecting from us ahead of time. That, or they are making an mxe-style game show about our inept congressmen.
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    gzhang11 , December 22, 2011 1:54 AM
    SunfighterlcWhy bother doing this China? You want all our business data just go to your nearby factories that make all our crap and get the data.


    you're quite the simpleton aren't ya?
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    kcorp2003 , December 22, 2011 2:19 AM
    The Chinese government will say, it was for research. Like the Japanese and whale killings.
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    friskiest , December 22, 2011 3:15 AM
    So all it takes now to "infiltrate" is a couple of code junkies with a keyboard rather than James Bond and his techwatch.

    Honestly, this series of online attacks and spying isn't making things better for the public- and to think that this particular breakout lasted for a year,.. scary..

    US is battling China in both conventional and cyberwarfare..
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    NuclearShadow , December 22, 2011 3:38 AM
    So they hacked a lobbyist group. (To those unaware they are not part of the US government)
    I'm not sure what value this has. Whatever information they collect would likely only concern what the lobby group lobby's for in the first place.

    The only thing that may come as any value if they obtained any information about illegal lobbying actions such as bribes. This could be used to blackmail but I highly doubt the Chamber of Commerce would report the attack to the authorities if it would display their own criminal actions if any existed.
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    aftcomet , December 22, 2011 3:48 AM
    gzhang11you're quite the simpleton aren't ya?


    Didn't expect any other response from a Chinese....
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    alyoshka , December 22, 2011 3:57 AM
    The question was/is not that what information they got, the question is , how did they gain entry into any of the DBs. And plus the problem is greater when they find a route out of those machines to other machines and get other data.....
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    gzhang11 , December 22, 2011 4:22 AM
    aftcometDidn't expect any other response from a Chinese....


    haters gonna hate.
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    blubbey , December 22, 2011 6:37 AM
    How long ago was it that China were 'years behind' or something like that? Idk.
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    mrmike_49 , December 22, 2011 8:43 AM
    gzhang11you're quite the simpleton aren't ya?

    actually, I;m thinking you are
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    CKKwan , December 22, 2011 9:19 AM
    Guys, swap these words "China" and "U.S" within this article, and think about what we will say / think.
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    dillyflump , December 22, 2011 10:52 AM
    Nobody listens to me, simple idea just unplug China from the internet, cut the damn cables. Every intrusion attempt on my network or the in boxes full of spam trying to peddle cheap knock off goods originate from china. As far as I'm concerned the only good thing to come from China is the cuisine, everything else is cheaply made crap designed to break after the 12 month warranty expires.

    This is whats wrong with the western world economy, we simply do not manufacture or produce anything of quantity anymore, relying for years on the service and support sectors, which even now are beginning a slippery downturn as these industries are moving to places like India.
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    digitalzom-b , December 22, 2011 10:56 AM
    Iran has a U.S. Drone, which they may sell to China. China is in a disagreement about tariffs (over very efficient solar technology that may solve energy problems if it's resolved), and may be in a cyber war with our government? WWIII anyone :|. Thankfully Kim Jong Il is out of the picture, let's just hope his kid isn't a headcase (fat chance).
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    noblerabbit , December 22, 2011 12:10 PM
    Bravo! The Chinese saw Numbers relating to Money in a Chamber! /Vigorous Clap.
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    mcd023 , December 22, 2011 12:12 PM
    so then it was an inside job, too? great.
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    willwayne , December 22, 2011 12:18 PM
    Umm...were their data servers NOT on a computer in a DMZ, or was the hacking done from inside their own network?
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    wiyosaya , December 22, 2011 12:46 PM
    NuclearShadowSo they hacked a lobbyist group. (To those unaware they are not part of the US government) I'm not sure what value this has. Whatever information they collect would likely only concern what the lobby group lobby's for in the first place. The only thing that may come as any value if they obtained any information about illegal lobbying actions such as bribes. This could be used to blackmail but I highly doubt the Chamber of Commerce would report the attack to the authorities if it would display their own criminal actions if any existed.

    Agreed. What's the point in hacking the US Chamber of Commerce? Did the Chinese do this out of frustration because they were unable to hack more sensitive, US Govt. sites?

    And its been almost two-years now. Why wait this long to release the info to the public?

    This is almost non-news. :0
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    Device Unknown , December 22, 2011 1:01 PM
    NuclearShadowSo they hacked a lobbyist group. (To those unaware they are not part of the US government) I'm not sure what value this has. Whatever information they collect would likely only concern what the lobby group lobby's for in the first place. The only thing that may come as any value if they obtained any information about illegal lobbying actions such as bribes. This could be used to blackmail but I highly doubt the Chamber of Commerce would report the attack to the authorities if it would display their own criminal actions if any existed.


    Thanks man, I actually did NOT know they were not part of the govt. Then again, I know jack shit about politics.
    Thanks for the informative response. More need to be like this.
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