Some of America’s greatest rivals are working together in tandem in the hopes to outmatch the U.S. in cyber warfare.
China and Russia are comparing hacked U.S. databases to help each other identify U.S. intelligence operatives to blackmail and recruit, based on information the two countries have gained through cyber hacks, The Los Angeles Times reports.
This report is another indicator of the major threat foreign hackers pose to U.S. national security. A major source of information for the Chinese and Russian partnership is the Office of Personnel Management hack, in which Chinese hackers stole the personal data of millions of Americans with security clearances.
China’s elite hacking unit is shrouded in secrecy, but a report from Mandiant identified a group based out of a 12-story building in a Shanghai military base.
The hackers are likely state sponsored and go after military, intelligence and corporate secrets.
In the video below, The Daily Caller News Foundation lays out three main paths to improve American cyber security. Among those is trade sanctions, which The Washington Post reports the Obama administration plans to launch in the coming weeks.
Chinese hackers explained in two minutes:
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