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US Says China is World's Biggest Cyber-Theft Perpetrator

The bickering between the United States and the People's Republic of China escalated as U.S. Intelligence officials outright called China the world's largest perpetrator of economic espionage. The accusation, issued in an intelligence report published today, comes shortly after public complaints about the affect of China's so-called 'Great Firewall' on American business interests, and reveal that Chinese hackers went after American satellites in 2007 and 2008. The timing of these statements is almost certainly not coincidental, and may represent a more aggressive U.S. tone that is probably unrelated to the start of a contentious U.S. presidential in the midst of a crippling economic downturn.

According to the report, hackers employed by the governments of China and Russia, as well as working for corporate entities in those nations, have waged a particularly successful campaign of economic espionage and technology theft in recent years, supposedly endangering $398 billion in American research. Targeted industries include Pharmaceuticals, military equipment and advanced materials. Though both Russia and China were cited as relying heavily on such tactics to build their own industries, China was singled out for particular scorn. (Russia's efforts are reported to be a 'distant second' to China's). Interestingly, the accusations are somewhat contradicting of a recent Australian study that claims China's cuber-warfare capabilities, though hugely staffed, are rudimentary at best.

The report did cite cloud computing and the storage of data in single or connected places as adding to the risk by making the job of hackers bent on accessing such information easier, and specifically cites American companies who don't take the issue seriously. Naturally, US government anger over the problem is understandable, not only due to the very real economic threat posed by application of stolen data, but because the United States has never engaged in anything similar, ever. 

  • nebun
    ha ha ha...now let's go start a war with them...the USA has become weak and like a little baby bitches and complains
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  • Goldengoose
    ^ Lol, someone's having a good day at work.
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  • EDVINASM
    Study: Chinese Cyber-Threat is 'Rudimentary'
    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/chinese-cyber-attack-hackers-china-defense,news-13067.html

    and now US Says China is World's Biggest Cyber-Theft Perpetrator ???

    So who's right? :)
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  • marshcorps
    "China's cuber-warfare capabilities" ... OMG not Cubers ... we are all going to die!
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  • zilnicra
    edvinasmStudy: Chinese Cyber-Threat is 'Rudimentary'http://www.tomsguide.com/us/chines 13067.htmland now US Says China is World's Biggest Cyber-Theft Perpetrator ???So who's right?
    you can be rudimentary and still be the biggest perp... its called a lot of effort and manpower.

    but this is just showing how little US corporations care about cyber security and data security. One doesn't need to hack into the US government to get tasty secrets, just hack into the corporations building the stuff for the government, while they laugh their way to the bank and leave the back door open for data thieves to just walk in.
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  • sceen311
    Pretty sure we have some well qualified hackers here in the states, put their asses to work.
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  • thesnappyfingers
    Pretty sure we have some well qualified hackers here in the states, put their asses to work.

    I'm sure we already do, were just better at hiding it (probably because we have been doing it longer).
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  • Device Unknown
    "but because the United States has never engaged in anything similar, ever. "

    Not sure I like the sarcasm there. Besides, the United States has always lived by the "Do as I say not as I do" policy. AND we have better governmental security so things like Wikileaks has nothing to report about on the US.
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  • greatsaltedone
    sceen311Pretty sure we have some well qualified hackers here in the states, put their asses to work.thesnappyfingersI'm sure we already do, were just better at hiding it (probably because we have been doing it longer).We certainly do have better trained and more capable hackers in the US, but in terms of economic espionage there is nothing we would want from China. Once they are able to overtake us in a key industry or government-funded research we can even things up pretty quickly, but as of now it can't be anything but purely defensive which we all know is a losing game when it comes to well funded hackers.
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  • chick0n
    blah blah blah, yea yea yea our government is doing what it's best at, AGAIN : demonized rival countries.

    oh yea. make them look evil! oh yea !
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