How Snowden helped with his revelations the survival of the Chinese hacker units

"The hack squad, also known as APT1, was subject to a high profile exposure by the company in February last year. Its state-sponsored members were revealed to have leached hundreds of terabytes of data from hacked US companies from a Shanghai office block surrounded by restaurants and massage parlours.



Western media coverage of the hacks was plentiful, prompting US President Barack Obama to state on TV that the US was engaged in "tough talks" with China over state-sponsored attacks, and a US bill to be signed banning the acquisition of Chinese state-owned technology by US Government agencies.

But those talks had no effect, chief executive Kevin Mandia says. "Seven years of history, 141 victim companies, a tonne of evidence, and we published," Mandia said. "Fast forward a year later, and here's what happened: Nothing."However he said a tense phone call between the White House and Beijing was dampened after the first of a series of NSA spying revelations was published by document dropper Edward Snowden.

One reason is that Obama has not really got the guts to do anything dramatically internationally (and so he will be forgotten by history this second term)

but another is that the Snowden révélations make it difficult for the US to make a case of the other institutional and protected hacker teams around the world

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