Security firm Symantec has uncovered a Chinese group of sophisticated hackers who operate for hire outside China and claimed to be responsible for some of high profile espionage attacks in history.
Dubbed 'Hidden Lynx', the professional organisation employs between 50 and 100 people and has been linked to China after probing forensic evidence of a recent attack on security firm Bit9 and consequential attacks at three Bit9 clients.
The hacking group claimed to have carried out the supply chain attacks by infecting PCs at a supplier of a proposed target and then waiting for the deployment of infected computers and call home.
According to US based Symantec, the characteristics of Hidden Lynx group are: technical prowess, agility, organised, sheer resourcefulness and patience.
Symantec said in its report that the group doesn't just limit itself to a handful of targets; instead it targets hundreds of different organisations in many different regions, even concurrently.
"Given the breadth and number of targets and regions involved, we infer that this group is most likely a professional hacker-for-hire operation that are contracted by clients to provide information,"the report said.
"They steal on demand, whatever their clients are interested in, hence the wide variety and range of targets."
The hacking group is also believed to be involved with the 2009 Operation Aurora attacks, which is claimed to be the most well-known cyber spying campaign exposed against US firms.
The report also links Hidden Lynx to a major operation dubbed Voho, which was exposed in 2012 by EMC's RSA security firm.
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