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Chinese Hackers Tied to Attacks on South China Sea Energy Firms

  • Report says group called TA423 likely ran phishing campaign
  • China has long denied its hackers target foreign companies

Chinese hackers likely targeted energy companies operating in the South China Sea and the Australian government, according to a US tech security firm, the latest accusation of coordinated cybersnooping by the Asian nation to advance its geopolitical goals.

Researchers uncovered an ongoing phishing campaign lasting more than a year that has been aimed at projects including the Kasawari gas field and a wind farm in the Taiwan Strait, Proofpoint Inc. said in a report on Tuesday. The gas project is in Malaysian waters and operated by Petroliam Nasional Bhd., which declined to comment on the research report. Petronas did say it follows best practices to protect its assets and operations.