Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

by Colonel on February 11, 2013

“Some officials have pressed for an unclassified summary to be released publicly. Michael Birmingham, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, declined to comment on the report, except to say that “as a matter of policy, we do not discuss or acknowledge the existence of NIEs unless directed to do so.”

Much of China’s cyber-espionage is thought to be directed at commercial targets linked to military technology.

Companies in other sectors also have been targeted, though the reasons for the espionage are not always related to economic interests.

Despite those disclosures and the growing prevalence of cyber-espionage, companies remain reluctant to report incidents.

In a new book, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt says China is the world’s “most sophisticated and prolific” hacker.

” — Ellen Nakashima, Copyright 2013 The Washington Post Company

“China is the top cyberthreat to the U.S., the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) claims, according to the Washington Post, which obtained information related to the report from unidentified individuals. The NIE, which comes from all U.S. intelligence agencies, says that China has been intensifying attacks on U.S. businesses to identify data that will help the country gain economically, according to the Post.

Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.

Interestingly, China might not be the only threat the U.S. faces. According to the Post, the NIE says Russia, Israel, and France have all conducted cyber-espionage efforts aimed at economic efforts in the U.S. Still, China’s efforts are most frequent.

The NIE is one of the most secretive documents in the U.S. government.

” — Don Reisinger, Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc

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