Even though North Korea and Russia have been outed in the news as being responsible for a number of high profile breaches, China still lurks in the background, hacking American web sites with the goal of developing a huge Facebook-like database of Americans and nobody has bothered to connected the dots (emphasis added):
In a report on Sunday, Bloomberg outlined evidence that Chinese state-sponsored hacks targeting the United States over the last few years have been part of an overarching plan to develop a database of Americans and collect information on key people. “China is building the Facebook of human intelligence capabilities,” Adam Meyers, the vice president of intelligence for cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, told Bloomberg.
The Office of Personnel Management hacks, which were finally clarified last week and compromised personal data for at least 22 million Americans if not many more, are widely said to have been caused by China, though the White House has not confirmed this accusation. The hack of insurance company Anthem has also been connected to China.
Jordan Berry, an analyst at cybersecurity analysis firm FireEye told Bloomberg, “There was a clear and apparent shift” on China’s part toward large-scale bulk collection of its international espionage data. A cyber and intelligence expert on China told the Washington Post something similar in June. He said that in the past year and a half, China has expanded its capacity “for bigger data storage, for bigger data theft.” The Post’s headline was, “With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans.”