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“Hidden Lynx:” the fantastical secret hacking league from China

October 14, 2013

I don’t know what to make of this . . . it evokes the image of one of Fu Manchu’s secret armies, and could be just as fictional . . . but on the other hand, do we dare not take this seriously, given the aggressiveness of rising China?

A covert Chinese group known as Hidden Lynx is believed to have up to 100 skilled hackers who carry out prolonged campaigns on behalf of their clients.

Software company Symantec has been tracking the group for the last two years and found them to be behind six major online attacks.

The group employs sophisticated hacking techniques in campaigns which are meticulously researched, at times targeting hundreds of different organisation at the same time.

More than half of Hidden Lynx’s targets are based in America according to the report, with organisations in Taiwan, Germany, Russia and China itself also being attacked.

Financial institutions such as investment banks and asset managers are most commonly hacked, while “all levels of government from local to national level” have been targeted.

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