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The Chi­nese es­pi­onage group TEMP.Periscope, which has pre­vi­ously been ac­cused of tar­get­ing US de­fence and en­gi­neer­ing firms with South China Sea in­ter­ests, has been mak­ing moves in Cam­bo­dia ahead of the 29 July elec­tion, al­leged US cy­ber­se­cu­rity out­fit FireEye. The hack­ers have been tar­get­ing Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment min­istries, and me­dia and hu­man rights groups. "We ex­pect this ac­tiv­ity to pro­vide the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment with wide­spread vis­i­bil­ity into Cam­bo­dian elec­tions and gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions," said a FireEye rep. "The com­pro­mises fit the over­all MO of Chi­nese es­pi­onage in that they gather up all the in­for­ma­tion that they can." Tar­gets in­cluded the daugh­ter of Kem Sokha, leader of the Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party, an op­po­si­tion party dis­solved by the rul­ing Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple's Party. "I hope the Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment will find this dis­turb­ing too and that they are re­minded it's im­por­tant not to fall un­der the in­flu­ence of one par­tic­u­lar coun­try, where our in­ter­ests are com­pro­mised," she said.

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