Chinese hacking: US calls out '21st Century burglary'

 
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) press materials are displayed on a table of the Justice Department in Washington, 19 May 2014 No-one expects the five officers to see their day in US court

"Enough is enough," said Attorney General Eric Holder.

The US government is baring its teeth, showing a new aggression towards Chinese hackers and what the authorities here call "21st Century burglary".

Reading between the lines, it seems the Chinese government protests their innocence when President Barack Obama or others raise the subject, and then ask, "Where's the evidence?"

Now the US authorities are saying, here it is, in black and white.

Among the accusations: theft of plans for a nuclear power station in 2010, theft of financial information from a firm that makes solar panels, and malware installed on US Steel's computers, both also in 2010.

And the US claims the activities of the Chinese military officers directly hurt Americans and the US economy. One official said that the unfair competition led to plants being padlocked and people losing their jobs.

No-one thinks these officers, presumably acting on the instructions of their government, will end up on trial in a US court. The long arm of the law doesn't reach to Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the People's Liberation Army in Shanghai.

The relationship between the US and China is a curious one, balanced between something not quite like friendship and a more familiar sense of competition. It is now edging into animosity.

Each area - from a potential conflict in the Pacific to economic competition - is different.

But this is intended to be a stark message to the Chinese government that there will be no more diplomatic niceties, no pussyfooting around, when it comes to industrial espionage.

 
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    Comment number 60.

    Kettle calling the pot black....

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    Comment number 58.

    30.Damocles

    Those of you claiming the US is hypocritical, evil, etc....how many of you would choose to live in a world dominated and run by the Chinese?

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    In order to make a decision, I need to know if the Chinese torture POWs, execute prisoners using cruel and inhumane means, use guns in everyday life, the frequency schools are mowed down by guns, how many wars it began unilaterally ...

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    Comment number 57.

    30.Damocles

    Those of you claiming the US is hypocritical, evil, etc....how many of you would choose to live in a world dominated and run by the Chinese?

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    I had no choice on living in a world dominated and ran by the US. It had no interest in my well-being. I had no right to express an opinion.

    Why should I be worried about Chinese domination?

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    Comment number 56.

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    ProudEnglishman
    Wow what are ou going to do?end a gun boat and fly the flag at these peskie foreigners? to use a rather beautiful phrase, in the UK gunboats are in short supply. What you really mean is how dare the Chinese not bow the knee to the almighty USA . What a joke, America's bust from funding to many illegal wars & regime change and they have just about upset every one on the planet.

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    Comment number 55.

    When are the Yanks going to realise that the Chinese are the only Superpower in the world?

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    Comment number 54.

    So all China has to do is put out an international arrest warrant for Hayden and other NSA lackies and we call it evens???

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    Comment number 53.

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    robertj39
    Couldn't get better could it?

    Upset Brazil
    Upset Russia
    Upset India
    Upset China
    Go for it US, man-up and show how tough you are.
    By this time next year you could be asking to join Sterling as BRICS and others dump the $USD. Oh, and have you found Germany's gold yet?
    ..and the Ukraine would like the 20 odd tons of gold back you "took" to New York, we know times are hard but......

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    Comment number 52.

    Some people just can't bear the fact that the US remains the preeminent source of innovation and invention, backed by more IP, peer-reviewed scientific and engineering articles, nobel prizes, world-class universities and research institutions, etc. than any other country.
    Chinese gov't knows this and employs thousands upon thousands to steal from as many companies/institutions as possible.

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    Comment number 51.

    How many fronts do the USA want to fight a war on? Russia, Venezuela, China their arms industry must really be feeling the draft if their that desperate. Time the rest of the world told the USA to sort out its problems at home rather than creating problems for every country it doesn't like. In 10 years China will overtake the USA as the worlds largest economy and the USA will have to live with it.

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    Comment number 50.

    The comment should read the US are lying through their teeth. Can the rest of the world start prosecution proceedings against the US innparticular the NSA for illegally intercepting both 'phone and data communications? Or doesn't the law apply to the USA?

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    Comment number 49.

    Just a thought:

    So the NSA detect malfeasance originating from China and claim to track it to a building - which could be a relay for some malware installed by NSA - but how - remotely - from packets received do you get a name and/or photo?

    Even a login could be as obscure as user123456

    Or - whisper it - could the NSA have installed a RAT to turn on the "remote" webcams?

    Or it could be lies!

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    Comment number 48.

    America has a cheek , they are the worlds leaders in industrial espionage , they even do it to nations they claim to be in alliance's with. Echelon has been around for years never mind there new stuff.

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    Comment number 47.

    46 Red Knight

    You don't get it, do you?

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    Comment number 46.

    I find all the comments supporting China from, one assumes, western dwelling free souls (with the right to free speech) comical. Go and live there for a week and post online.

    Oops, it doesn't work unless the authorities let it.

    The Chinese are nicking everything they can and then denying it. Still better them than a democracy.

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    Comment number 45.

    That's rich, the US accusing someone else of acting with malafide intentions in the digital/ information world :)

    Pot - kettle

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    Comment number 44.

    Oh really? Now we getting into a "pissing" match with China? Doesn't the world have enough problems without stirring the pot some more....the US is the pot calling the kettle black...both countries are guilty of industrial espionage. Quit it!

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    Comment number 43.

    19 Robert

    "Oh, and have you found Germany's gold yet?"

    Bet it's been pawned to the Chinese as security for the trillions of dollars in loans -:)

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    Comment number 42.

    China have stolen major USA patent - hacking

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    Comment number 41.

    The Americans have form here.

    In The Great Patent Heist after World War II by President Truman, also known as the "License to Steal," the US government executed the greatest robbery in world history: the theft of German intellectual (scientific) property

    This technology fueled some of the greatest scientific advances of the modern era including the foundation of space exploration

 

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