U.S. accuses China and Russia of cyber-espionage

By on November 4, 2011, 7:00 PM

In a display of unusual public candor, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive released a critical report (PDF link) labeling China as the "most active and persistent" country in the world when it comes to cyber-espionage. Russia made the list too, lumped in together with China as "the most aggressive collectors" of U.S. trade secrets, overall.

As of writing, China publicly denounced the accusation. Russian officials have not commented.

The primary purpose of the report is to outline the increasing importance cyber-espionage plays in undermining both private and government interests. Robert Bryant, the U.S. Counterintelligence Executive, claims cyber-espionage is a "national, long-term strategic threat to the United States" and "failure is not an option" when it comes to addressing these matters. In the report, there is a special focus on the undesirable consequences stolen trade secrets may impart upon the U.S. and partner economies.

As for naming names, a senior intelligence official voiced that pointing fingers at specific countries needs to be done. "Economic espionage", the official stated, "is condoned by both China and Russia and is part of each country's national economic development policy".

The Chinese government has been accused numerous times for noteworthy acts of both high-tech and low-tech espionage. The list includes infamously penetrating Google's servers, corroborating with a Ford engineer working as a spy, gaining unauthorized server access at a long list of companies, including Yahoo, Northrop Grumman, Adobe, Symantec, ciphering information from British Universities and much more. Likewise, Russia is well known for its bot nets and "extensive, sophisticated operations" in the realm of cyber-spying.

Here's a snippet from the report:

"Pervasive Threat from Adversaries and Partners

Sensitive US economic information and technology are targeted by the intelligence services, private sector companies, academic and research institutions, and citizens of dozens of countries.

  • Chinese actors are the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage. US private sector firms and cybersecurity specialists have reported an onslaught of computer network intrusions that have originated in China, but the IC cannot confirm who was responsible.
  • Russia’s intelligence services are conducting a range of activities to collect economic information and technology from US targets.
  • Some US allies and partners use their broad access to US institutions to acquire sensitive US economic and technology information, primarily through aggressive elicitation and other human intelligence (HUMINT) tactics. Some of these states have advanced cyber capabilities."


It is interesting to note that China and Russia are not the only ones known in the cyber-espionage arena. Isreal and France have also been accused of pilfering U.S. industrial secrets, however, they were left out of the report. Despite being fairly U.S-centric, the report does mention that the issue is prolific on a global scale, not just in the United States. It also goes on to add that Russia and China are frequent victims as well.




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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"Holy crap! Everyone with a computer is a spy!" -Robert Bryant, U.S. Anti-intelligence Executive

Mindwraith said:

thats the pot calling the kettle black

Guest said:

Chinese youngsters, even many private Chinese citizens explore the Internet as once American Ham radio operators explored the world - and for the same reasons! imagine the wealth if you could "Mine" America for "Classified Information", trade secrets, patents, proprietary secrets, even espionage items, and sell them at home! Meanwhile American kids fed porn, limited to $Microsoft software, buy immensely expensive "Gamers" machines because they can, and thusly the American sheeple are dumbed down, entertained, mesmerized and fed the Great American Corporate Propagandists Horse Shiite, suffer from psychotic consumerism, even their schools now rated 39th in the world by an embarrassed Obama, and a new "Master Race" of Uber-Intelligensia rises in the East.

Try first to master Ubuntu, then graduate to Linux systems and open source, tor find out what computing's real power is, then look to Europe's new computer age, the hidden networks, then graduate to the real world of hackers, and spies. Fascinating stuff can be coaxed out of the network for sure, but not by simple *** American gamers, not ever. Put the porn to the side, set the games on hold, and dig hard. more English speaking Chinese on net than English speaking Americans! Did you know?

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

Chinese youngsters, even many private Chinese citizens explore the Internet as once American Ham radio operators explored the world - and for the same reasons! imagine the wealth if you could "Mine" America for "Classified Information", trade secrets, patents, proprietary secrets, even espionage items, and sell them at home! Meanwhile American kids fed porn, limited to $Microsoft software, buy immensely expensive "Gamers" machines because they can, and thusly the American sheeple are dumbed down, entertained, mesmerized and fed the Great American Corporate Propagandists Horse Shiite, suffer from psychotic consumerism, even their schools now rated 39th in the world by an embarrassed Obama, and a new "Master Race" of Uber-Intelligensia rises in the East.

Try first to master Ubuntu, then graduate to Linux systems and open source, tor find out what computing's real power is, then look to Europe's new computer age, the hidden networks, then graduate to the real world of hackers, and spies. Fascinating stuff can be coaxed out of the network for sure, but not by simple *** American gamers, not ever. Put the porn to the side, set the games on hold, and dig hard. more English speaking Chinese on net than English speaking Americans! Did you know?

And yet they are all still terrible at videogames that require teamwork.

treetops treetops said:

Your lack of understanding that all politicians are scum and solely attacking Obama makes you a sheeple. Sheeple= People who are distracted by right vs left politics. They don't consider that both sides are given contributions from the same corporations, every politicians is corrupt and pander to there lobbyist\huge campaign contributors not the people. Not knowing that makes you a sheeple.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Chinese actors? Like Andy Lau?

Guest said:

What's wrong with "$Microsoft software, buy immensely expensive "Gamers" machines". I love my "Gamers" machine and my "$Microsoft" software! I also love open source too! And a bunch of other stuff! By they way you say it, you seem to say that anyone who loves those things that you listed are all dumb people (well there are quite a lot of morons). One thing I am sad about America is there is not enough people who tries to go into the math, science, and engineering field when they go to college. Even now in my last year of engineering, there's very little people who joins the program over the last 4 years that I was here. They all gone to study liberal arts which is a disappointment. Liberals arts is definitely good but there are way to many people and not enough scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

"Like Andy Lau?" Yep!

Guest said:

*sigh* Guest comments.. -_-

Guest said:

What's wrong with Guest comments? Sometime they say stupid things and sometimes they say smart things. Whether you're a Guest or not, everyone can say stupid things too you know.

freedomthinker said:

More then half of the US army , air force and navy, have stolen technology from Russia. So ? They spy on you, you spy on them. Its just the way it is.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

freedomthinker said:

More then half of the US army , air force and navy, have stolen technology from Russia.

Are you referring to the caterpillar drive and the thought controlled Mig 31?

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Every state tries to a) stay ahead of others or b) stay on par, sometime by copying stuff, sometimes by inventing ..... anyone remember what US took from the ruins of WWII .............. Germany?

jackal2687 said:

Every state tries to a) stay ahead of others or b) stay on par, sometime by copying stuff, sometimes by inventing ..... anyone remember what US took from the ruins of WWII .............. Germany?

Porn?

jackal2687 said:

Guest said:

Chinese youngsters, even many private Chinese citizens explore the Internet as once American Ham radio operators explored the world - and for the same reasons! imagine the wealth if you could "Mine" America for "Classified Information", trade secrets, patents, proprietary secrets, even espionage items, and sell them at home! Meanwhile American kids fed porn, limited to $Microsoft software, buy immensely expensive "Gamers" machines because they can, and thusly the American sheeple are dumbed down, entertained, mesmerized and fed the Great American Corporate Propagandists Horse Shiite, suffer from psychotic consumerism, even their schools now rated 39th in the world by an embarrassed Obama, and a new "Master Race" of Uber-Intelligensia rises in the East.

Try first to master Ubuntu, then graduate to Linux systems and open source, tor find out what computing's real power is, then look to Europe's new computer age, the hidden networks, then graduate to the real world of hackers, and spies. Fascinating stuff can be coaxed out of the network for sure, but not by simple *** American gamers, not ever. Put the porn to the side, set the games on hold, and dig hard. more English speaking Chinese on net than English speaking Americans! Did you know?

But I like being a sheep and playing my video games! Alright, I accept the frustrations and give them some value and I acknowledge the fact it seems that people are dumber. However it's not really the kids fault as much as it may be the parents who give in to the modern world and seem to forget the basics such as morality and chivelry. It would seem that the modern world will not be in our favor as long as our own government still presses it's thumb on this country. But it's going to be ok. All of our government officials are going to be filthy rich and the middle class will dissolve. The rich and powerful will become even more rich and powerful and those long lost comfort items will be far and few between. Strangely enough, I believe that the human population is destined for this anyway. We are so many, we will never reach common ground. Too bad we can't break apart like the Amish ( I could be referencing the wrong group), at about a population of 100 they break apart and make a separate community to prevent local turmoil.

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