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Sep 28, 2022 04:01 AM
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Alleged U.S. Cyberattack Targeted China’s Key Telecom Infrastructure

Northwestern Polytechnical University is a leading aviation research institute in Xi’an in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province
Northwestern Polytechnical University is a leading aviation research institute in Xi’an in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province

A unit of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a top spy organization, hacked a leading Chinese university and infiltrated the country’s telecommunications infrastructure to steal sensitive data, according to a report published Tuesday with details of the alleged cyberattack.

The attack was organized by the Office of Tailored Access Operation (TAO) under the NSA, according to a report by China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center and cybersecurity company Qihoo 360. The TAO seized control of the core network equipment, servers and terminals of Northwestern Polytechnical University, a leading aviation research institute in Xi’an in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province, according to the report.

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