alphadogg writes: Wesley McGrew, a research assistant at Mississippi State University, 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. "Oh, it's fantastic," said McGrew, who will defend his doctoral thesis on the security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems next month. "The importance of having malware that has an impact on the economic advantage of one company over another or the security of a nation is priceless. This is exactly what they should be learning to look at."