China cyber attacks threaten U.S. security, official says

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Ken Dilanian
October 4, 2011

China’s “predatory” campaign of intellectual property theft through cyber attacks against the United States and other Western nations has reached “an intolerable level” that is harming U.S. national security, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Tuesday.

In the most explicit public criticisms of Chinese cyber spying by a senior American official, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the U.S. and its allies must confront Beijing, which he said is waging “a massive trade war against all of us,” resulting in a slow and destructive transfer of military and technological secrets from the West to China.

Although major cyber intrusions have been attributed by outside experts to China, “that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Rogers said. “There are more companies that have been hit that won’t talk about it to the press for fear of provoking further Chinese attacks.”

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