(ZDNet) – The Chinese cyberattack group Deep Panda has compromised national security think tanks using sophisticated techniques designed to steal confidential data concerning US foreign policy, according to security researchers at CrowdStrike.

The CrowdStrike team say that “several” national security-based think tanks have been compromised in the defense, finance, legal and government arenas by the group, which the security researchers call “one of the most advanced Chinese nation-state cyber intrusion groups.” Cyberattacks have been launched by the hackers for almost three years now, but it is only in recent times that Deep Panda’s focus has changed.

CrowdStrike says that attacks are now taking place against think tanks related to security and governmental policy within Iraq and the Middle East, a shift from collecting data on southeast Asia. While the security researchers declined to name the specific think tanks or data that was stolen, the team did say that email accounts, directories and files were compromised.


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