Data leak from Chinese firm highlights China's hacker targets

A major data leak from a Chinese cyber security firm has revealed that state security agents pay tens of thousands of dollars to collect data on targets, including foreign governments, while hackers collect vast amounts of information about any person or institution. that may be of interest to their potential customers.

The cache of more than 500 files discovered by Chinese firm I-Soon was posted online and is believed by cybersecurity experts to be genuine. Some of the targets discussed include NATO and the UK Foreign Office, the Guardian reported. 

The leak offers an unprecedented insight into China's world of hacking for hire, which the head of the UK's security services has called a "massive" challenge for the country.

The files reveal the broad scope of China's intelligence operations.

In one of the many "screenshots" there is a file entitled "notes from the Secretariat for European Affairs of North Macedonia".