Chinese Hackers Attacked EADS, ThyssenKrupp With No Major Damage

European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and ThyssenKrupp AG were attacked by Chinese hackers last year, both companies said.

EADS reported the Chinese “standard attack, not remarkable attack” to the German federal government, Rainer Ohler, a spokesman at the Toulouse, France-based company, said today by phone. He declined to give details on any damage caused.

ThyssenKrupp, Germany’s largest steelmaker, today confirmed a hacker attack in the U.S. from China in an e-mailed statement. There were no findings of so-called “siphonings,” the Essen, Germany-based company said.

China’s army may be behind a hacking group that has attacked at least 141 companies worldwide since 2006, according to a report on Feb. 19 by U.S. computer security firm Mandiant Corp. China’s state-owned news agency said claims are “full of loopholes.”

There were almost 1,100 cyberattacks by foreign intelligence services on the German federal government last year, Spiegel said. The German magazine reported the Chinese attacks on EADS and ThyssenKrupp earlier today. The focus was on the foreign and economy ministries and the chancellor’s office, the magazine said, quoting Germany’s intelligence service.

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