US Justice Department Says Chinese Cyber-Espionage Is A National Security Emergency

Stories of Chinese government organisations hacking American corporations are not new. But in a segment aired on 60 Minutes tonight, business leaders, government officials and security experts paint a picture of a particularly sophisticated attack on the intellectual property of "thousands" of companies.

John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for National Security, gave a surprisingly candid interview to 60 Minutes about the problems posed by Chinese economic espionage, including widespread hacking:

"This is a serious threat to our national security. I mean, our economy depends on the ability to innovate. And if there's a dedicated nation state who's using its intelligence apparatus to steal day in and day out what we're trying to develop, that poses a serious threat to our country."

The report illustrates the problem with one particular example: the story of American Superconductor, a firm that makes control software for turbines. After working with a partner in China, it discovered that its partner bribed an employee to hand over source code, and hacked computer systems to try and steal more information, and keep an eye on the legal dispute.

The full report is an eye-opening look into the problem of IP theft on an international scale; it's also a rare example of government officials going on record about the scale of Chinese hacking, and exactly who's to blame. [CBS]


Comments

    Says the people who spy and hack into every country.

      So hackers in the USA and China are similarly problematic?
      Let's test that idea against the last 10 entries in my persistent-attack-log (about 3 days):

      China, Korea, Israel, China, USA, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, China

        Yeah, personal attacks are from those countries you listed but companies, governments, government officials, prime minister's are getting hacked and spied on by the US but everyone's doing it now anyway. It's a free for all. I just made the comment because you know, people in glass houses and all that.

    Why would you want to plug a server holding sensitive data to the Internet? They need to go back to security 101.... If you need to store sensitive information, but you don't want others to have access to it, you need to come up with a better security strategy... Either disconnect your server from the internet, or simply place it on an isolate network.....

      "Why would you want to plug a server holding sensitive data to the Internet?"

      You actually can't think of even one reason?

        Can you think of a reason, then?

          So you can compete in the modern world? O_o

            Stealing other people's ideas, so that you can win in the competition is not fair.....

              Non-sequitur?

                Whatever? I know exactly what I meant.... Would you appreciate, if someone hacked into your computer to find out about your personal secrets? And then use them to their personal gain or advantage..

                Last edited 29/01/16 12:33 pm

                  You raised the question "Why would you want to plug a server holding sensitive data to the Internet?"

                  I responded with "So you can compete in the modern world? O_o"
                  By which I mean that (in many industries) corporations who fail to leverage the net (legally and legitimately) cannot compete with those who do.

                  Nothing you've posted since then seems to unambiguously bear on that discussion.
                  Perhaps you might join the dots for your audience?

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