Drunken Chinese cyber burglars caught hacking US defense industrial base (emphasis added):
Though Chinese cyberespionage has been well-documented, researchers from Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit — a division of Dell tech company — say this group, nicknamed Emissary Panda by another research firm, has pulled off cyberattacks at a level of sophistication and specialization rarely seen before among Chinese hackers.
“In the instances we were able to observe them, they had very specific organizations and projects in mind that they were pursuing, and the broad spectrum of industry verticals they targeted indicated they were more of a surgical tool used to take specific things from specific organizations, rather than the smash and grab, take everything type,” said Aaron Hackworth, Dell SecureWorks senior distinguished engineer.
The research contradicts the conventional notion of Chinese cyberthieves, who are typically described as taking everything they can get their hands on.
“I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar,” FBI Director James Comey said of China’s hacking groups in a “60 Minutes” interview. “They’re kicking in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they’re walking out with your television set. They’re just prolific. Their strategy seems to be: We’ll just be everywhere all the time. And there’s no way they can stop us.”
I am going to have to find this 60 Minutes interview because I need to see the expression on James Comey’s face when he likens the Chinese cyber operation apparatus to drunk burglars. In my experience, they are anything but the bumbling idiots the FBI director is making them out to be. China is highly disciplined and very good at what they do. Either that, if they truly are bumbling fools, then the US cyber defense strategy is clearly so inept it cannot even keep out a simple drunk.