Compromise of Managed Service Providers and technology companies
Date of report
  • December 2018
  • China's Tianjin State Security Bureau
The threat actor compromised eight technology service providers, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM (their cloud services in particular were targeted), to steal commercial secrets from over forty-five client technology companies. The victims include Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, U.S. Navy shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, and travel reservation system Sabre.
Suspected victims
  • Networks and clients of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Fujitsu, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data, Dimension Data, Computer Sciences Corporation, and DXC Technology
Suspected state sponsor
  • China
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Private sector
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response