3PLA aka, “The Chinese NSA”

From Mountains, Island, Secret Town, China’s Electronic Spy Shop Watches

Military Organization 3PLA Is Tasked With Monitoring World-Wide Electronic Information

By James T. Areddy in Shanghai, Paul Mozur in Beijing and Danny Yadron in San Francisco

Surveillance Giant

3PLA’s Role Echoes the NSA’s

  • Founded in the 1930s as an underground Red Army unit
  • Employs some 100,000 hackers, linguists, and analysts
  • Divided into 12 bureaus with specific tasks or targets
  • Governed by China’s Central Military Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping

Read the full article:  http://online.wsj.com/articles/chinas-spy-agency-has-broad-reach-1404781324