Friday, June 14, 2024

Microsoft report on digital defense highlights China’s suspected cyber espionage against various Asia-Pacific countries, including Indonesia

Reading Time: < 1 minute
Imanuddin Razak

Journalist

Editor

Interview

A recent Microsoft report on digital defense, titled “Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2023,” has uncovered that not only the United States, but China is suspected of engaging in cyber espionage operations against various countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The nations being targeted include key trading partners like Indonesia. The report indicates that China’s state-sponsored campaign is a reflection of the Chinese Communist Party’s dual goals of extending global influence and gathering intelligence.

Moreover, Chinese cyber threat actors are actively conducting cyber operations worldwide, affecting both private and public entities.

They are also using the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to expand their global influence. These operations often focus on countries aligned with the Chinese Communist Party’s BRI strategy, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft has revealed that much of the gathered intelligence pertains to countries dealing with the South China Sea.

Primary Chinese threat groups

In the Asia-Pacific region, the primary Chinese threat groups are known as Raspberry Typhoon and Flax Typhoon.

Raspberry Typhoon primarily targets government ministries, military entities, and corporate entities linked to critical infrastructure, particularly in the telecommunications sector within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

They employ sophisticated spear-phishing campaigns to deploy their malware and have been persistently targeting ministry-level entities related to trade, intelligence, and finance since January.

On the other hand, Flax Typhoon focuses on critical infrastructure in Taiwan, such as IT and medical-related entities, as well as the defense sector, including contractors working with the US government, and media entities.

Flax Typhoon collects information about its targets, identifies vulnerabilities, and uses a custom VPN solution to gain access and maintain a presence in victim networks. These attacks are primarily geared towards intelligence gathering.

Imanuddin Razak

Journalist

 

Editor

 

Interview

SUBSCRIBE NOW
We will provide you with an invoice for your reimbursable expenses.

Free

New to Indonesian market? Read our free articles before subscribing to the premium plan. If you already run your business in Indonesia, make sure to subscribe to the premium subscription so you won’t miss any intelligence & business opportunities.

Premium

$550 USD/Year

or

$45 USD/Month

Cancelation: you can cancel your subscription at any time, by sending us an email inquiry@ibp-media.com

Add keywords to your market watch and receive notification:
Schedule a free consultation with us:

We’ll contact you for confirmation.

FURTHER READING

A number of members of the Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka election winning team (TKN) have been awarded management supervision posts within Indonesia’s State-owned enterprises (SOEs) in post-2024 presidential election.
State electricity company PT PLN has secured a lending facility from a consortium of the World Bank, Canada Clean Energy & Forest Climate Facility and Clean Technology Fund amounting to US$581.5 million for increased access to electrification in the country, energy transition programs and the company’s digitization.
Dozens of activists of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) and representatives of residents living in eastern Indonesia provinces held a sit-in as the Indonesian Nickel and Cobalt Conference was underway at the Mulia Hotel in Jakarta on Thursday, June 13, 2024.
A legislator with the House of Representatives’ (DPR) Agriculture, Environment and Forestry Commission IV, has called on the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to conduct research on river water in mining areas potentially contaminated by illegal mining activities.
State energy company PT Pertamina recorded positive performance in 2023, booking a total profit of US$ 4.77 billion (Rp 72.7 trillion), an increase by 17 percent from 2022, and its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) at US$14.36 billion, a six-percent increase from the 2022 figure.
The Muslim-based National Awakening Party (PKB) has endorsed former Governor Anies Baswedan as its sole candidate for the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election in November.