Illustration by Sam Ward Listen to SupChina editor-at-large and Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo read this article. Sometime in the fall of 2019, IT staff at an unnamed semiconductor firm in Taiwan noticed a user’s account behaving oddly. Concerned, they called Benson Wu, who runs a cybersecurity firm in New Taipei City, to help investigate. Wu and his team at CyCraft began probing the network of the company, and they confirmed the IT staff’s suspicions: the firm had been hacked. Eight accounts and 24 computers had been compromised, giving the attackers broad access to the company’s network and files. In many cases, it might have ended there. The company’s IT group might have wiped the infected computers, rooted out the compromised accounts, and moved on. But what Wu found unsettled him. The attackers’ tactics matched those of another intrusion staged against one of his longtime clients, also a vendor in the semiconductor industry. The difference was, with this company,Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.