Chinese State-Sponsored Cyber Espionage Targets South Korean Organizations
- A multi-year, Chinese state-sponsored cyber espionage campaign targets South Korean academic, political, and government outfits.
- Recorded Future’s Insikt Group tracks the activities and dubs it as TAG-74.
- TAG-74 is linked to Chinese military intelligence. Major targets include sectors like academia, aerospace and defense, and the government.
A Sudden Case of Deja-Vu
South Korea might be feeling a digital deja-vu. A relentless cyber espionage campaign funded by the Chinese state has been targeting the Land of the Morning Calm’s academic, political, and governmental bodies, running for several years. With déjà vu this intense, one would wonder if the matrix has changed something.
And the Stalker Award Goes To…
Folks at Recorded Future’s Insikt Group have been busily tracking this digital drama, which they’ve affectionately named TAG-74. This adversary is not just a pretty code name though – they’ve been linked to Chinese military intelligentsia, and pose a considerable threat to several crucial sectors in South Korea. This might just be the next hit series for cyber drama enthusiasts, to binge-watch over a bowl of popcorn.
Who’s on the Hit List?
No sectors are too big or small, intellectual or industrial for our protagonist – TAG-74. Chief targets are academia, aerospace and defense, and government sectors. You could almost picture this cyber assassin preparing a sophisticated digital plan while stroking an evil antagonist’s white cat.
In the digital saga of cat and mouse, a multi-year cyber espionage campaign has been on the loose in South Korea. Spellbindingly orchestrated by Chinese state sponsorship, this campaign, trailed by the Insikt Group, and code-named TAG-74, has been linked to Chinese military intelligence. Primary targets? South Korea’s academic, aerospace and defense, and government hubs. This saga might not have an ending anytime soon and is set to be a long-runner in the theatre of cyber espionage.