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Hackers ‘linked to China’ have attacked telecom firms in over 30 countries for years, researchers find

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Hackers, believed to be backed by the Chinese government, have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom companies in over 30 countries and stolen large amounts of personal and corporate data "since at least 2017", according to research conducted by US-Israeli cyber security firm Cybereason. The multi-wave campaign, which is ongoing, focuses on obtaining data of specific, high-value targets and has resulted in a complete takeover of networks. It mainly seeks to obtain CDR data (call logs, cell tower locations, etc.) of specific individuals from various countries. Cybereason said it first identified the attacks earlier this year. It declined to name the individuals or the telecom firms, citing privacy concerns, but warned that though the campaign is targeted at specific individuals, any entity that has the power to take over the networks of telecom providers can potentially use it to…

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