Chinese cyber-spy hackers target Cambodia as elections loom

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Chinese cyber spies have targeted Cambodian government institutions, opposition party members, diplomats and media, possibly to gather information ahead of elections later this month, according to cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc.

The hacks are suspected to come from a Chinese cyber espionage group known as TEMP.Periscope, according to a report by FireEye, which had previously linked the same group to attacks on targets including US engineering and defence companies with interests in the South China Sea, a key transport waterway that China claims mostly for itself.

The attacks come as Asia’s longest-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen seeks re-election on July 29 in a campaign bereft of an effective opposition since the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party and the arrest of its leader Kem Sokha last year over accusations that he plotted with the United States to overthrow the government.

The intrusions are the latest example of China’s willingness

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