Threat Management, Threat Intelligence

Report: Influential manufacturing trade group targeted by Chinese hackers

Chinese hackers this past summer infiltrated and potentially stole information from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a trade organization and advocacy group that has helped the Trump administration set trade policies with China, Reuters reported this week, citing sources.

A cybersecurity firm hired by NAM made the connection to China based on observed tools and techniques, the report continues. The network has been secured, NAM spokeswoman Erin Streeter told Reuters.

The attackers reportedly ramped up their alleged cyber espionage activity around the time Trump met with NAM President Jay Timmons, and shortly before U.S. and Chinese officials were to commence negotiations on a deal with the two nations, which have been engaged in a trade war.

From Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied the accusations, the report adds.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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