Three Essential Facts About

China's hacker collective

A new report by Virginia-based Mandiant Corp., an information-security firm, reveals troubling details about a cybercrime group called Comment Crew and its possible ties to the Chinese military.

1. It's savvy.

By sending malware-filled e-mails, hackers have compromised at least 140 victims over seven years, including large institutions like Lockheed Martin.

2. It's potentially well connected.

At least 90% of the cybercrimes--presumably including a reported 2008 hack into Coca-Cola--were traced to a Shanghai tower that's used by the People's Liberation Army. But PLA authorities call the apparent connection "groundless."

3. It's a real threat...

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