A US cyber-security firm believes Chinese hackers continued their attempts to penetrate the systems of private American firms even after Washington and Beijing agreed recently not to spy on each other for commercial reasons.
According to CrowdStrike Inc., hackers associated with the Chinese government tried to penetrate at least seven US companies in the three weeks since the leaders of the two nations said they reached an agreement to halt online commercial espionage, Reuters reported.
CrowdStrike said software it placed at five US technology and two pharmaceutical companies had detected and rebuffed the attacks, which began on September 26.
The “primary benefits of the intrusion seem clearly aligned to facilitate theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, rather than to conduct traditional, national-security-related intelligence collection,” the cyber-security firm said.
On Sept. 25, US President Barack Obama said that he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed that neither government will knowingly support cyber theft of corporate secrets to support domestic businesses.
CrowdStrike has notified the White House of its findings but declined to identify the targeted companies, the report said.
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