WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Chinese government-backed hacking squad APT 30 has been spying on Southeast Asian governments and companies since 2004 as Beijing has an interest in political, military, and economic dilemmas in Southeast Asia, a report by US network security company FireEye revealed on Monday.
“The earliest-known registration dates for domains attributed to APT 30 go back to 2004,” FireEye reported. “Much of their social engineering efforts suggest the group is particularly interested in regional political, military, and economic issues.”
FireEye noted the APT 30 group has had the longest track record of cyber espionage in the world, and targets figures that satisfy governmental intelligence collection requirements, who are mainly located in Southeast Asia.
In 2014, the US Justice Department filed criminal charges against the Chinese military, who it accused of cyber attacking Alcoa, a US producer of aluminum based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
China has repeatedly dismissed accusations of being behind cyber-attacks as groundless.
FireEye is a US network security company focused on providing automated threat forensics and malware protection against advanced cyber threats.