What’s the deal with the Chinese government?
The Chinese government has taken notice of an emerging group of hackers dubbed the “Chinese hacking group” who have been attacking a range of industries, including energy and transportation.
The group has been dubbed “China’s biggest and most prolific group” by researchers at security firm Rapid7.
The Chinese government, it seems, is not too keen on the group.
In a tweet posted Tuesday, the government’s Foreign Ministry said the group is “unprofessional, irresponsible and harmful” and that it should be “terminated immediately.”
The Chinese foreign ministry did not say whether the group has hacked the United States, or whether the hacking group is affiliated with China.
However, a tweet sent by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said that “any company that cooperates with China” would be “disproportionately affected by the Chinese hacking group.”
The tweet was posted Monday.
The group has targeted energy companies including Suntech Energy Group and the Chinese State Grid Corporation, as well as transportation companies, utilities, and others, according to the cybersecurity firm Rapid 7.
The groups recent activity has been so severe that the group’s leader, Wang Dongping, posted a tweet Tuesday warning that the Chinese security community is “ready for a fight.”
In a message sent to the news media, Wang said the Chinese intelligence community is planning to “pursue and attack” the group in the coming weeks.
The message was sent via an account on the Chinese social media site Weibo.
It was not immediately clear if the tweet was the same one sent by Wang, who previously claimed to have been the group leader.
In an interview with Bloomberg News on Wednesday, Wang was asked if he believed the Chinese had successfully infiltrated his group, and he replied, “It’s possible.”
In response, the group claimed that Wang’s group is still active, and it said it has not stopped.
Wang, in the interview, said that he believed that the attack on energy companies was the work of a foreign actor.
The attacks are being launched to show that they have the capability of taking over the world, he said.
He said the attacks are part of the Chinese propaganda campaign, as the country “wants to remind the world that the government has a plan to conquer the world.”
“We want to show our people that China has achieved its goals, but we are also the people who will face the challenge,” Wang said.
“We are a group of dedicated, patriotic, hard-working, and brave people who are willing to take the fight to the enemy and show the world how strong the government is.”
The attack on Suntech has left a number of companies, including China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOC), in a critical state of disarray.
CNOC is currently under the control of China’s military and its state-owned energy giant, Sinopec, but many Chinese companies are still operating in China.
Wong, however, said his group is not in a position to directly fight against the government, which has no legal standing to protect them.
The security company said it would not comment further on the matter.
China’s security agency has stepped up surveillance of the group, which also targeted several companies in the United Kingdom and France.