The mysterious research group Intrusion Truth has unleashed a new series of reports claiming that 13 businesses based in the southern island province of Hainan, China are collectively a front for reputed Chinese state-sponsored hacking group APT40.

The alleged front companies all purport to be science and technology businesses seeking to hire pen testers, software development engineers, network engineers and other individuals with skills typically associated with offensive hacking. For instance, one job advertisement said it was looking for individuals "with a track record of sharing hacking exploits as well as specific experience with Windows Trojan shellcode development and PE encryption," Intrusion Truth reported in one of its blog post reports.

The anonymous researchers identified the 13 businesses as Hainan Xiandun, Hainan Yili, Hainan Tengyuan, Hainan Kehua, Hainan Yanwu, Hainan Dingwei, Haikou Fengshang, Hainan Hualian Anshi, Hainan Jiaxi, Hainan Xinhuaheng, Haikou Jianhui Li, Hainan Xin Yousheng and Haikou Xindahai.

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