Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Mobile Tech
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Intelligence Report: China Targets U.S. with Cyber-Espionage
Intelligence Report: China Targets U.S. with Cyber-Espionage

By Barry Levine
February 11, 2013 1:59PM

    Bookmark and Share
The National Intelligence Estimate noted that hacking for economic intelligence has been conducted by Russia, Israel and France, but said their efforts were minor compared with the attacks emanating from China. According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is reviewing options, including formal diplomatic protests or expulsion of Chinese diplomats.
 



It seems like the premise of a Cold War novel. A new intelligence assessment concludes that the United States is the target of a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage being directed out of China.

According to a report in Sunday's Washington Post, the National Intelligence Estimate pinpoints China as aggressively attempting to infiltrate the computers of American companies and governmental agencies, as a way to gain economic leverage. The report cites "individuals familiar with the report," who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Estimate is the consensus view of U.S. intelligence agencies, and it said the sustained hacking attacks over the last five years targeted a variety of economically critical industries, including finance, energy, IT, aerospace and automobiles. The financial impact is not included in the report, but the Post story said that outside experts estimate the impact as being in the tens of billions of dollars. The Chinese government has consistently denied any role in cyber-attacks.

Stream of Stories

A steady stream of stories in the last few years have consistently pointed to major, organized hacking efforts originating in China.

A survey last spring of IT professionals by security firm Bit9, for instance, found that 64 percent of respondents expected their organization to be the target of an organized cyber-attack within six months. Among those who expressed concern about attacks from specific nations, China was tops.

In February of last year, Nortel Networks revealed that hackers, thought to be based in China, had access to the company's internal network for almost a decade. The hackers obtained technical papers, R&D reports, business plans, and internal e-mails, among other documents. There were indications that some of the data was sent to e-mail addresses in Shanghai.

In August 2011, a report from security firm McAfee detailed sophisticated cyber-attacks over five years on 72 organizations, including the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee, the government of India, and military contractors and steel companies in the U.S. Although the attacker was not identified, some security experts said there were signs pointing to China -- including the fact that Chinese institutions and companies were not targeted.

U.S. Reviewing Options

In June 2011, Google reported that a cyber-attack, originating in China, had attempted to steal Gmail user names and passwords, including those of U.S. government officials and Chinese political activists. Google's report was substantiated by one of the U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. The cable, sent by the U.S. Embassy in China to Washington, D.C., reported that it knew of a "Chinese contact" who confirmed that country's role in the attack.

There have also been cyber-attacks that reportedly came from China on the network security company RSA Security, the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, and The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

The Post noted that the Obama administration is reviewing options to combat online attacks, including those on trade secrets, through formal diplomatic protests or expulsion of Chinese diplomats, complaints filed to the World Trade Organization, and other measures.

The Intelligence Estimate noted that hacking for economic intelligence has also been conducted by Russia, Israel and France, but said their efforts were minor compared with the attacks emanating from China.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
4.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
5.   Facebook To Force Use of Messenger


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
Say Apple-IBM alliance can't hurt them.
Average Rating:
BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
German security firm offers street cred.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.