Chinese Army Tests US Cos.' Ability To Defend Data

By Allison Grande (February 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EST) -- The Chinese military has reportedly stolen data from at least 115 U.S. businesses by hacking into their computer systems, a startling revelation that stresses the need for companies doing business in and with China to take extraordinary steps to shield themselves from online intruders.

In what it described as an "unprecedented report," Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Mandiant Corp. claimed Tuesday that its analysis of recent cyberattacks demonstrated that one of China's most active hacking groups is being operated by the country's secretive cyber division, known as People's Liberation Army Unit 61398.

Since 2006, the group has systematically stolen "hundreds of terabytes of...

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