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Chinese suspects accused of using 'spearphishing' to access U.S. firms

Chinese suspects accused of using 'spearphishing' to access U.S. firms

That link your boss emailed you: make sure it’s actually from your boss and not a cabal of suspected Chinese military hackers. That’s one of the biggest takeaways from the cyber-spying indictment unsealed Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice. In it, five Chinese military officers were accused of committing economic espionage by hacking into the computers of U.S. companies involved in nuclear energy, steel manufacturing and solar energy. One of their most common tactics, according to the 56-page indictment, was “spearphishing” -- a twist on traditional phishing in which the scam email is made to look like it’s from someone you know. The technique...

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