In an effort to access corporate intellectual property and government secrets in the West, Chinese hackers have been conducting a massive “Cloud Hopper” hacking operation against tech providers that dates back to at least 2016. Even more worrisome, these Chinese hackers appear to be working directly with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, meaning that these attacks have at least the tacit approval of the highest echelons of the Chinese government. The elaborate operation victimized high-profile Western tech companies, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM, as well as other top tech providers around the world, including Fujitsu, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data, Dimension Data, Computer Sciences Corporation and DXC Technology.
Overall, the scale and scope of these Cloud Hopper attacks against tech providers represents one of the largest and sustained corporate espionage efforts in history. According to Reuters, which first broke the story, Western cyber security experts began unraveling the full