“For three years, boutique defense contractor QinetiQ was compromised by an advanced persistent threat (APT) attack group operating from China. During that time attackers accessed information about cutting-edge U.S. military drone and robot weapons systems and brought competing products to market.
Those allegations surfaced against QinetiQ North America Wednesday in a report from Bloomberg, which cited investigators hired by QinetiQ — as well as HBGary emails that were stolen and leaked by Anonymous — as sources. HBGary was one of several firms hired by the defense contractor to investigate apparent intrusions.
Investigators told Bloomberg that the ongoing attacks against QinetiQ (pronounced “kinetic”) were launched by the Shanghai-based Comment Crew. Earlier this year, a report from security firm Mandiant tied the group — which it dubbed APT1 — to attacks that compromised 141 businesses, none of which it named, across 20 industries. According to Mandiant, the attackers weren’t just supported by China, but actually part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398, which is an elite military hacking unit. Chinese officials denied those allegations.” Read more here.