Chinese Hackers Targeted 27 Universities to Steal Maritime Research, Report Finds
According to research by iDefense that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, a hacking group with ties to the Chinese government is trying to steal information on military maritime technology from 27 universities across the globe. The targeted academic institutions are located in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia, and include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Washington, the University of Hawaii, and the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).
The campaign by the group known as Temp.Periscope or Leviathan was first detected in April 2017. Cybersecurity firm FireEye has confirmed some of the findings of iDefense. The US Navy did not comment on the story, but said that it is strengthening its cybersecurity posture.