China’s government is probably behind an anonymous group that has been cyber-spying on Indian companies and officials for close to decade now, American security experts say.
The group, dubbed “APT30″ in a report published by cyber security firm FireEye on April 13, primarily targets businesses, governments and military operations in India and other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. Other targets include South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia—all countries China has territorial disputes with in the South China Sea.
“The malware revealed a decade-long operation focused on targets—government and commercial—who hold key political, economic, and military information about the region,” FireEye said in its report. “Such a sustained, planned development effort, coupled with the group’s regional targets and mission, lead us to believe that this activity is state sponsored—most likely by the Chinese government.” The group has been particularly active around ASEAN summits, FireEye said, and also targets journalists who cover the region.