Report: Chinese hackers #1 in cyber espionage

April 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Hackers affiliated with the Chinese government accounted for the most successful cyber espionage in the world last year, a new report indicates.

The report by Verizon's RISK team and 18 partners, including the United States, found China dominated the category of state-affiliated cyber espionage of intellectual property, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Of 120 incidents detailed in the report, 96 percent came from China.

"This is a pretty shocking statistic," said Wade Baker, manager of the RISK team that provides security consulting.

This year's report was the first to break out government-affiliated cyber espionage as a category.

The Verizon report tracks closely with the findings of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate and other reports that singled out China as uncommonly aggressive in cyberspace.

The topic of cybersecurity came up during a meeting in Beijing Monday between a senior Chinese general and the visiting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, The New York Times reported.

The Chinese general, Fang Fenghui, pledged to work with the United States on cybersecurity but warned that progress might not be swift.

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