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Chinese army base unit linked to hacking attacks in US

NEW YORK — On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, a People’s Liberation Army base has been established for China’s growing corps of cyberwarriors. The building off Datong Road is the headquarters of PLA Unit 61398.

A growing body of digital forensic evidence — confirmed by US intelligence officials who say they have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years — leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on US corporations, organizations, and government agencies originate in and around the white tower.

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