Security researchers are puzzled about who is behind Intrusion Truth, an anonymous group that has published a series of online messages and blog posts for more than a year in an effort to expose China’s hacker army, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Some experts say that the anonymity of Intrusion Truth might itself be a clue to its identity, because both large corporations and security companies that employ researchers who track China’s hackers might not be very eager to release findings in order to prevent reprisals from Beijing, according to Ben Read, who manages cyberespionage probes at FireEye Inc.
Johns Hopkins University Prof. Thomas Rid told the Journal, “It’s somebody who is professional, somebody who knows what they’re doing,” because they carry out the kind of expert sleuthing few people would have the language skills, tools and research abilities to pull off.
Intrusion Truth didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.
However, in August, the group told Motherboard that “we are directly challenging this illegal and unfair activity by exposing those responsible, naming the hackers themselves and identifying the agencies that hide behind them. We will be tireless in our approach and already have a large network of analysts working with us.”
The group also declared that its aim is to make Chinese hackers “think twice about their illegal online activities.”
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