Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 is accusing that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of having hacked Chinese organizations for the last 11 years. According to the firm, the US cyber spies are targeting various industry sectors and government agencies.
The Qihoo 360 experts claim that a CIA hacking unit tracked as APT-C-39 has hacked organizations in the aviation, scientific research, oil, technology industries, it also targeted government agencies.
The US-linked hackers targeted the Chinese organizations between September 2008 and June 2019.
The experts claim that US intelligence has stolen classified business information from organizations worldwide for more than a decade, including Chinese companies.
“In fact, long-term and targeted intelligence-gathering with careful strategic deployment and large amount of resource investment are common activities of
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Experts noticed that some of the cyber weapons used by CIA agents belong to the arsenal of the NSA.
Schulte worked for the NSA for five months in 2010 as a systems engineer, after this experience, he joined the CIA as a software engineer and he left the CIA in November 2016.
Schulte was arrested for possession of child pornography, he was charged on three counts of receipt, possession and transportation of child pornography in August 2017.
The man was released in September 2017, but in December he was arrested again for violating the conditions of his release.
In November 2018, Joshua Adam Schulte faced new charges included in a new indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, he was charged with the unlawful transmission and attempted unlawful transmission of national defense secrets from prison.
Qihoo 360 said that the former CIA agent served at the National Clandestine Service (NCS) as a Directorate of Sience and Technology (DS&T) Intelligence Officer.
The National Clandestine Service (NCS) or the Directorate of Operations (DO) serves as the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national authority for the coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine operations across the Intelligence Community of the United States.
In 2016, Joshua stole the classified documents of Vault 7 and passed them to WikiLeaks, which published the precious dump on Wikileaks in 2017.
On February 4, 2020, at a public hearing in the federal court, the federal prosecutor confirmed that the man was responsible for “the single biggest leak of classified national defense information in the history of CIA.”
Qihoo 360 said that leaked materials they collected reveal that Vault 7 was developed by Joshua and that APT-C -39 a CIA-linked hacking unit.
The Chinese researchers also discovered that the WISTFULTOOL data plugin was used in an attack against a large Internet company in China in 2011.
Summarizing the evidence collected by the Chinese security firm:
The related evidence is listed below:
Qihoo 360′ findings are consistent with the results of the analysis carried out by other
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