Titan Rain was the designation given by the federal government of the United States to a series of coordinated attacks on American computer systems since 2003; they were known to have been ongoing for at least three years[1]. The attacks were labeled as Chinese in origin, although their precise nature, e.g., state-sponsored espionage, corporate espionage, or random hacker attacks, and their real identities — masked by proxy, zombie computer, spyware/virus infected — remain unknown. The activity known as "Titan Rain" is believed to be associated with an Advanced Persistent Threat.

In early December 2005 the director of the SANS Institute, a security institute in the United States, said that the attacks were "most likely the result of Chinese military hackers attempting to gather information on U.S. systems."[2]

Titan Rain hackers gained access to many United States defense contractor computer networks who were targeted for their sensitive information[3], including those at Lockheed Martin, Sandia National Laboratories, Redstone Arsenal, and NASA.

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  1. Bodmer, Kilger, Carpenter, & Jones (2012). Reverse Deception: Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation. New York: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media. ISBN-10: 0071772499, ISBN-13: 978-0071772495
  2. "Hacker attacks in US linked to Chinese military", brietbart.com (retrieved 22 Apr 2008)
  3. Bodmer, Kilger, Carpenter, & Jones (2012). Reverse Deception: Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation. New York: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media. ISBN-10: 0071772499, ISBN-13: 978-0071772495

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