Comment Crew (Sarah Blauner)

I pulled the topic Comment Crew out of the hat. I have never heard of this ‘group before so naturally I typed the name into google. Unfortunately my results did not unearth as much information as I would have liked, I even hoped for a wikipedia page as a starting point but I had no such luck. My first source was a New York magazine article, which despite being a reputable source might not be the best for this topic.

This is because the Comment Crew is a group of hackers that accessed the New York times data base and has been perpetrating cyber-attacks since 2006 most infamously the U.S Defense Department. Since the story has continued to develop over the years the most information is very recent making the origins of the story more difficult to discern. By using Proquest I was able to locate an article from 2007 which gave me the full scope of what comment crew was. Comment Crew is a group of cyber hackers that accessed pentagon files. Comment Crew is a part of the People’s Liberation Army, they are controversial not only because of the hacking but because they made the possibility of cyber warfare a real threat. They deny hacking the U.S defense department. The Comment Crew is also known as the Shanghai group as that is where the attacks have been traced to. Since they are a threat to national security I do not think fondly of the Comment Crew, however they have alerted the United States to the serious potential of cyber warfare so at least we will now be prepared. Below are the links used.


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