Morning Security Brief: China's Hackers Tracked, Turkey Raids Group that Attacked U.S. Embassy, and More
Cyberattacks on U.S. interests traced to Chinese building associated with its army; Turkey goes after members of terrorist group responsible for attack on U.S. Embassy; civilians killed in Afghanistan declined. And more.
► "China’s army may be behind a hacking group that has attacked at least 141 companies worldwide since 2006, according to a report by a U.S. security firm [Mandiant]," reports Bloomberg News. "While Comment Crew [the hacking group] has drained terabytes of data from companies like Coca-Cola, increasingly its focus is on companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the United States ," reports The New York Times, which had hired Mandiant to investigate the hack attack on its own systems recently and which had an advance copy of this Mandiant study yesterday and confirmed the findings with other experts.
► Reuters reports that "Police arrested more than 100 people including union officials in raids across Turkey on Tuesday targeting a militant leftist group behind a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. embassy ." The group targeted was the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), an anti-American group listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and Turkey, Reuters reports. It has staged a series of deadly attacks on police stations over the last six months.
► Also in the news: The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan has dropped for the first time in six years , according to a UN report, writes the New York Times. A research paper from Northwestern University examines Web sites maintained by U.S. states that are intended to help consumers assess how well hospitals prevent infections that lead to deaths , which kill an estimated 100,000 annually.