The evidence has been growing to implicate the Chinese government for cyber attacks in various parts of the world, especially against the US. Not long ago several Chinese individuals were indicted by the US government for cyber crimes against American organizations. This follows on the heels of cyber attacks by what may be a Russian backed organization known as ‘Energetic Bear.’ That group targeted power plants in several countries but most notably in the US, uploading malware and gaining control of critical control systems. Some have wondered if there was a connection in the activities of the various malicious organizations in support of one another.
A new wrinkle brought on by the recent Hamas/Israel conflict may prove that a connection exists. With increasing Israel action has come increased hacking of Israel related systems from various groups. According to some reports, since the start of the recent conflict, Israeli websites have been attacked at a rate over ten times the norm. There is some speculation that powerful cyber groups outside of the region may be playing a part in the attacks on digital interests of Israel. If evidence can be secured that point to the interconnection of these cyber attackers, perhaps action can be taken to begin thwarting their activities, or at least increase awareness of their malicious and connected activities.