Re: Bogeyman du jour
All I know as far as my personal experience, is that the Chinese were trying to ruin the lives of several of my clients that had IP to protect - These folks(victims) were ultra smart, but didn't know anything about computer and/or phone security, and they got run over like a truck. It took a while to ID who these bad actors were, and even though they were so arrogant they left notes on the computers of the organization's network assets so they could track their ingress; we still waited to see who we thought really did these egregious operations. It turns out in the early times of these crimes, the IP addresses were easier to track, and they always pointed to several addresses in China. This was in early 2005.
Later they got smart and obfuscated where their attacks were coming from by routing through so many compromised networks you would take forever finding out where the true end point was. Common sense tells me it was the same teams that were originally attacking my clients. In this process they realized who was helping the victims and tried to penetrate my network, but I had a very good CheckPoint UTM appliance that not only prevented this, but also tracked where the attacks were coming from, and you guessed it. Same IP addresses we saw before.
Eventually I had to give up on these poor people and one of them was ruined, and is living in poverty now with relatives, and one other was so late jumping off into marketing their ideas, that I'm not sure how they are doing now - although their web site is still up. I wasn't totally untouched however, because the criminals managed to hack into the local ISP who was my phone provider and block all external calls into my business. That took me a while to find out also, because I had to learn face to face, from other witnesses that said people couldn't call me, even though I never heard the phone ring - so I contacted the ISP and asked them to flush all routers and switches and re-image them from backup - and - you guessed it - that worked! The ISP was flabbergasted, but that is just how long a reach these deep state bad actors have on the whole world. I have nothing but contempt for all of them, and not just the Chinese.