View Full Version : China Suspected Of Hacking Attacks Against The U.S.
02-19-2013, 02:51 PM
A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks, a U.S. computer security company said, prompting a strong denial by China and accusations that it was in fact the victim of U.S. hacking.
The company, Mandiant, identified the People's Liberation Army's Shanghai-based Unit 61398 as the most likely driving force behind the hacking. Mandiant said it believed the unit had carried out "sustained" attacks on a wide range of industries.
"The nature of 'Unit 61398's' work is considered by China to be a state secret; however, we believe it engages in harmful 'Computer Network Operations'," Mandiant said in a report released in the United States on Monday.
"It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effectively," it said.
02-19-2013, 03:15 PM
and the Chinese company Huawei has taken a large part of the market share in producing and installing telecommunications switches in the US giving them access to basically all of our communications. This is actually old news though as the US has known for a long time that Huawei was compromising our security but the "investigation" found no wrong doing. Just like bawney fwank saw nothing wrong with the way 0's buddy Franklin Raines was running Fannie Mae
Huawei Technologies Co., which has been shut out from a series of U.S. deals, will have fewer options to win American business after a House committee said the phone-equipment maker may enable Chinese spying.
This puts an established intelligence community stamp on the idea that these are companies that pose a potential serious threat,” Stewart Baker, a former U.S. Homeland Security Department official, said. “They are going to be treated more harshly than other multinationals for the foreseeable future.”
The House Intelligence Committee yesterday urged U.S. companies to steer clear of Huawei and ZTE Corp. (000063), citing concerns that the Chinese government could install malicious hardware or software in U.S. telecommunications networks.
Despite a lobbying and public-relations push by Huawei, the report singled out China’s biggest phone-equipment manufacturer for particular attention, saying a yearlong probe turned up allegations of bribery, corruption and other illegal behavior that would be referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government agencies.
Huawei has hired six lobbying firms and spent $820,000 on lobbying in the first six months of this year, compared with $200,000 during the same period in 2011, according to U.S. Senate disclosures.
Reuters) - A White House-ordered review of security risks posed by suppliers to U.S. telecommunications companies found no clear evidence that Huawei Technologies Ltd had spied for China, two people familiar with the probe told Reuters.
Instead, those leading the 18-month review concluded early this year that relying on Huawei, the world's second-largest maker of networking gear, was risky for other reasons, such as the presence of vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.
These previously unreported findings support parts of a landmark U.S. congressional report last week that warned against allowing Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE Corp to supply critical telecom infrastructure.
But it may douse speculation that Huawei has been caught spying for China.
Some questions remain unanswered. For example, it is unclear if security vulnerabilities found in Huawei equipment were placed there deliberately. It is also not clear whether any critical new intelligence emerged after the inquiry ended.
Aided by intelligence agencies and other departments, those conducting the largely classified White House inquiry delved into reports of suspicious activity and asked detailed questions of nearly 1,000 telecom equipment buyers, according to the people familiar with the probe.
I suspect that even 0 is now realizing that we are letting China steal from us while we continue to give them preferred trading status. that is what happens when you are dependent on somebody to give you your fix (buy US debt so we can keep spending). Hard for an addict to turn on their dealer you know
02-19-2013, 08:32 PM
Can't we just send an asteroid down on that $hi!hole country. :laugh:
02-19-2013, 10:06 PM
China's been doing this for the last decade to everyone--the US, Europe, Australia, South Korea, and Japan. Any company, trade secret, or defense secret they can get their hands on, they try.
02-19-2013, 11:18 PM
Is something being done about it???
02-20-2013, 12:17 AM
Nothing public, unfortunately.
The best way to deal with China is to place international pressure on them and shame them into compliance. There was a big problem with piracy or otherwise unexplainable theft in Chinese waters and ports in the early to mid 90s when international trade really started booming there--eventually, international cooperation basically called out the Chinese govt for doing nothing to stop it (or actively allowing govt officials to be involved in many instances) and they cleaned up their act in no time.
I think everyone can understand and allow for official spying on normal defense/security issues. Everyone does it--everyone will keep doing it. Spying on companies to obtain patents and IP is another matter though...and I doubt there'd be as many willing participants to step forward and lead the charge. The Russians, French, and South Koreans have been known to do much of the same thing themselves.
02-20-2013, 11:31 AM
Quick, send them some foreign aid. That should stop it.
Also, let's purchase some more Chinese stuff. That always helps.
02-20-2013, 11:48 AM
If we could just get them to reduce their military might and convert to Islam, I'm sure our government could handle this.
02-20-2013, 03:50 PM
no worries, China denied it. False alarm.
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