I’ve got this great idea for a new movie! It’s got suspense, cyber-terrorism and espionage. It goes like this:
See, there’s this shadowy, government-funded group of hackers – I call them the “Code Crackers” (How cool is that? Not too flashy, borders on lame, but it still works). Anyway, they’re secretly funded by the government of this one country. Right? (I’m thinking China) and they’re being paid to work out of a secret building hidden in a run-down neighborhood and they focus on nothing else but hacking this other country (Let’s say, the US). You still with me? I’m thinking I could fit some high speed chases and end off with a huge explosion with slo-mo hero dive scene. I wonder if I can get Kate Upton to play the female lead… That would be HOT!
Wha..? What do you mean that really happened? They made MY movie!?! Oh… It’s not a movie. So… There really is a secretly funded group of hackers working for the Chinese government? Uh-huh… Let me get this straight. They’re called the “Comment Crew” and they’re supposedly responsible for a major percentage of hacks on the US? Wow! I mean it’s no “Code Crackers”, but I guess “Comment Crew” is cool too. They’re also called the “Shanghai Group”? Okay, that’s kinda better than mine.
But how did you-? Oh a computer security company named Mandiant tracked them. So what you’re telling me is that Mandiant traced the hacker activity to a run-down neighborhood just outside Shanghai and there just so happens to be a People’s Liberation Army building in called P.L.A. Unit 61398 right where the trail ends?
That is suspicious! I mean, it’s not like a bunch of hackers are hiding out right under their building and launching cyber attacks. Who’d be dumb enough to believe that? I wish I could say this surprised me. It isn’t the first time China’s been accused of sanctioning cyber attacks against the US. What is the Chinese government saying? They’re denying it, huh? No surprise there either. I know! Maybe the PLA didn’t put a password on their wi-fi router.
What? Mandiant says the “Comment Crew” is responsible for over 140 cyber attacks since 2006 and they’re attacking critical infrastructure in the US like electrical power grid, gas lines, waterworks and so on. Ooh! Scary!
Well thanks for letting me know. I really thought I had an original movie idea. Can you imagine how embarrassed I would have been if I called Hollywood and pitched this?