China’s Hackers Stealing US Defence Secrets, Says Congressional Panel

Owen Bowcott reports in the Guardian:

China is stealing sensitive information from American computer networks and stepping up its online espionage, according to a US congressional panel.

Beijing’s investment in rocket technology is also accelerating the militarisation of outer space and lifting it into the “commanding heights” of modern warfare, the advisory group claims. The strident warning, which may have a chilling effect on relations between the two Pacific powers, comes in the annual report of the US-China economic and security review commission due today.

A summary of the study, released in advance, alleges that networks and databases used by the US government and American defence contractors are regularly targeted by Chinese hackers. “China is stealing vast amounts of sensitive information from US computer networks,” says Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission set up by Congress in 2000 to investigate US-China issues.

November 20, 2008 11:39 AM
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