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Hackers Target Think Tanks to Get a Peek at U.S. Government Strategy

  • Groups tied to China, Russia look for advanced intelligence
  • Iran, Islamic State eye U.S. companies, infrastructure
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Foreign hackers are going after the wonks.

Cyber criminals are targeting policy groups and nongovernmental organizations to get a leg up on U.S. government strategy, according to an executive at cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Inc. Such "nation-state" hackers, often tied to governments including China or Russia, want advanced intelligence on U.S. policy, said Shawn Henry, chief security officer of the Irvine, California-based company.