Chinese Cyberattacks on the Decline

It may seem like the number of hacking attempts increases every year, but the number of attacks originating from within the borders of at least one country have declined in the past year, according to a new study by network security firm FireEye.

In its "Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates Its Use of Cyber Espionage," report, FireEye said that the number of hacks coming from the Chinese has fallen dramatically in the last year. But while the overall number of Chinese attacks may be declining, FireEye reported that Chinese hackers may be achieving better results.

Overall Decrease in Network Compromises

?EU?Since mid-2014, we have observed an overall decrease in successful network compromises by China-based groups against organizations in the U.S. and 25 other countries,?EU? FireEye said in its report.

The study was based on a review of 72 separate groups that are either operating within Chinese borders or supporting Chinese state interests, according to FireEye. The company said that between September 2015 and June 2016, it observed 13 active China-based groups conduct multiple instances of network compromise against corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

As for the causes behind the decline in the number of attacks, FireEye cited a shift in operations caused by ongoing military reforms, widespread exposure of Chinese cyber operations, and actions taken by the U.S. government.

In part, the decline in Chinese cyberattacks is likely due to changes that have been made since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Xi has made major moves to centralize control of the military while also restructuring the institution itself. He has also cracked down on individuals using state resources for their own benefit.

Too Much Publicity

Widespread public awareness of the attacks, which has increased dramatically in recent years, has also helped contribute to its decline, FireEye said. This...

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