According to a study carried out by the iSight intelligence unit of cybersecurity firm FireEye, there appears to be an evident decline in Chinese hacking of corporate and government networks in the US as well as in other countries.
The study conducted by FireEye – the cybersecurity firm which manages large network breaches – is the first in-depth study of Chinese hacking after a last-year agreement between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to crackdown on cyberespionage to curb intellectual property theft.
The study has found that, in the last two years, there has been a stark and sharp drop-off in China-originated cyberattacks which targeted Silicon Valley companies, military contractors and other commercial organizations.
Revealing that cybercriminals operating out of China have, since October 2015, been linked to less than 10 hacking incidents, FireEye’s Global Intelligence Director Laura Galante said that the decline in Chinese hacking of US government and corporate networks apparently began in 2014, and recorded another dip in 2015.
In comparison, as per Galante, FireEye’s monthly investigation of China-originated hacking incidents in 2013 and the early part of 2014 had revealed that Chinese hackers were linked to between 50 and 70 hacking incidents during that period.