A group of Chinese hackers known as the "Comment Crew" has started targeting major US infrastructure, claims this morning's lead New York Times story. Known targets include Telvent, a company with remote access to over 60% of America's oil and gas pipelines.
More worryingly, the hackers have been linked to China's military, since some of their IP addresses are based in the same small neighborhood as a Chinese army base, Unit 61398. Evidence reviewed by the Times "leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate in and around" the main building of the army unit's headquarters.
The US government will step up security against Chinese hackers as of today, according to the Times. But the government is reluctant to comment on ties between hackers and China's army for fear of creating a diplomatic crisis.
"In the cold war, we were focused every day on the nuclear command centers around Moscow," a senior defense official told the Times
. "Today, it's fair to say that we worry as much about the computer servers in Shanghai."