Il New York Times racconta i retroscena della Unit 61398, i cybersoldati di Pechino dietro agli attacchi e allo spionaggio contro gli Stati Uniti, l'Unione Europea e numerose aziende internazionali.
On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China's growing corps of cyberwarriors.
The building off Datong Road, surrounded by restaurants, massage parlors and a wine importer, is the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398. A growing body of digital forensic evidence -- confirmed by American intelligence officials who say they have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years -- leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate in and around the white tower.
[...] Unit 61398 -- formally, the 2nd Bureau of the People's Liberation Army's General Staff Department's 3rd Department -- exists almost nowhere in official Chinese military descriptions. Yet intelligence analysts who have studied the group say it is the central element of Chinese computer espionage. The unit was described in 2011 as the "premier entity targeting the United States and Canada, most likely focusing on political, economic, and military-related intelligence" by the Project 2049 Institute, a nongovernmental organization in Virginia that studies security and policy issues in Asia.