Chinese hacking unit spied on U.S. trade group ahead of Trump meeting, security firm claims

by Chris Bing

A group of prominent trade organizations involved in economic policy discussions with the Trump administration were the target of a digital espionage operation conducted by an elite hacking unit with ties to the Chinese government, according to new research gathered by Fidelis Cybersecurity. The news comes as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time, Thursday. The hacker group at the center of Fidelis’ report is known in the security research community as APT 10 — APT, a term which stands for advanced persistent threat, is used to define a category of skilled hackers that traditionally serve governments.