- Chinese hackers linked with Ministry of State Security (MSS) were held responsible for cyber-attacks in 17 countries spread across Asia, Europe, and North America during the span from 2021 to 2023.
- The cybersecurity firm Recorded Future attributed the cyber incursions to RedHotel, previously known as Threat Activity Group-22 (TAG-222). This group’s activities broadly overlap with others tracked under different names in the cybersecurity community.
China’s Tech-Savvy “Troublemakers”
Perhaps CTRL+C and CTRL+V are the favorite keys of Chinese hackers? Linked with the Ministry of State Security (MSS), they have shown how geography is no barrier to mischief- with their fingers dancing merrily on the keyboard, wreaking havoc in no less than 17 different countries from 2021 to 2023- spreading uncertainty across Asia, Europe, and North America, faster than a viral cat meme.
Known in certain circles as Threat Activity Group-22 (TAG-222), when they check into cyber situations, it’s anything but for a leisurely vacation. Not quite your neighborhood shy types, these hackers have been tracked under a multitude of names but are primarily being monitored by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future under a rather suspicious pseudonym: RedHotel. This should ring a bell or two— they’ve earned an infamous reputation in the community.
In summary, there’s a new neighborhood bully in town, and this one doesn’t steal lunch money. Operating as RedHotel, a group of Chinese hackers connected to the MSS have been busy spinning their web of chaos, penetrating cyberspaces of 17 countries between 2021 and 2023. According to cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, these tech pirates might go by different aliases but their trail of digital footprints across several continents remains the same, serving as a stark reminder of the growing, global cyber threats we face today.