China (APT 40): Reports from two researchers calling themselves Intrusion Truth state that they have found evidence to link APT40 and other Chinese APT activity to job postings that are a front for companies to hire hackers. While looking through companies identified in the Hainan province, 13 of them had recruiting advertisements for penetration testers. Each company had a similar job description and the fact that the skills-seeking section was more on the aggressive end than the defensive end that would commonly be seen. Furthermore, the researchers managed to link a professor in the Information Security Department to the companies, and job descriptions with one of the front companies are based out of the library at the Hainan University where he works. The professor that was linked to the group’s recruitment is a former member of China’s military.
By Akshay Rohatgi and Randy Pargman About this Student Research Project Binary Defense’s mission is