A FireEye analysis has found that the volume of cyber attacks by China-based hacking groups onÂ government and commercial networksÂ in the U.S. and 25 other target countriesÂ has declined since mid-2014.
FireEyeÂ said in itsÂ “Redline Drawn: China Recalculates Its Use of Cyber Espionage”Â report the decline coincided with China’s efforts to centralize domestic cyber operations, the publicÂ exposure of Chinese involvement in espionage activitiesÂ and U.S.’ punitive measures against hackers.
The security firm examinedÂ the activity of 72 groups the company believesÂ operate in China orÂ support Chinese state interests and foundÂ thatÂ 13 active China-linked hacking groups launchedÂ multiple attacks to compromise networks run by corporations basedÂ in the U.S., Europe and JapanÂ as well as targeted public and private organizations in AsiaÂ fromÂ September 2015 and June 2016.
China and the U.S.Â reached an agreement on Sept. 25 last year not toÂ âconduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual propertyâ to gain economic advantage,Â FireEye noted.
TheÂ federal government also launched efforts in 2014Â to implementÂ measures in response to suspected online economic espionage operationsÂ byÂ Beijing against U.S. corporations, according to the report.