ShutterstockWesley McGrew, a research assistant at Mississippi State Univ., may be among the few people thrilled with the latest grim report into a years-long hacking campaign against dozens of U.S. companies and organizations.

But McGrew’s interest is purely academic: He teaches a reverse engineering class at the university, training 14 computer science and engineering students how to analyze malicious software.

Part of the curriculum for his class will involve analyzing malware samples identified in a report from security vendor Mandiant, which alleged a branch of the Chinese military called “Unit 61398” ran a massive hacking campaign that struck 141 organizations over the last seven years.

Mandiant’s report is fueling a diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and China, but it will also provide a learning opportunity for future computer security experts.

US Students Get Cracking on Chinese Malware Code | DFI News.

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