The US Chamber of Commerce has been hacked by Chinese hackers, with the nefarious few behind the attack gaining access to information of three million plus members.
The worst part of this hack is that it could have occurred a year before being discovered. It's thought that some of the stolen information included the emails of four specific Chamber employees focused on Asia policy.
Admittedly only one of those behind the attack has a confirmed tie with the Chinese government at the moment, but it's suspected that others have as well. This is just another salvo in the continuing battle between China sponsored hackers and US businesses which have been hit several times in the past few years.
The Wall Street Journal has it that to counteract the invasion, the Chamber picked a 36 hour window that the hackers were expected to be off-duty and shut down the affected systems, even destroying some computers. Security has also been overhauled and improved.
China has so far denied the hack, with the official spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington saying that web based attacks were illegal under Chinese law and that China itself was often the victim of hacking. He later said that the Chamber of Commerce "lacks proof and evidence and is irresponsible," for suggesting China was behind the hack.
While some people have decried the hack, saying that hopefully with security improvements there wouldn't be any further attacks in the future, the Chambers chief operating officer Mr. Chavern disagrees. "It's nearly impossible to keep people out. The best thing you can do is have something that tells you when they get in, it's the new normal. I expect this to continue for the foreseeable future. I expect to be surprised again."