Area 1, a California-based security company founded by ex-National Security Agency hackers, has come under fire for passing European diplomatic cables allegedly hacked by China on to the New York Times.
The story has confounded many cybersecurity professionals.
Area 1, founded in 2013, says COREU, the European Union’s diplomatic communication network was compromised over a three-year period by “elite” Chinese hackers, with over 1,000 cables stolen.
It claims these were then, confusingly, posted onto an “open internet site” where they were presumably identified by Area 1’s team. It then passed a selection of the cables onto the New York Times.