Targeting of Northwestern Polytechnical University
Date of report
  • September 2022
  • National Security Agency, Tailored Access Operations
China accused the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) of hacking into the networks of Northwestern Polytechnical University, a prominent defense research university in Xi'an, in June 2022. Some researchers expressed doubt at the claims, as the report accused the NSA of using a tool more than ten years old that was leaked more than five years ago.
Suspected victims
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University
Suspected state sponsor
  • United States
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Civil society
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response