Have Hackers Compromised U.S. IT Security?

By Freddie Pierce
Former presidential counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke is claiming that Chinese hackers, looking to steal military and financial secrets, have al...

Former presidential counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke is claiming that Chinese hackers, looking to steal military and financial secrets, have already penetrated every major company in the U.S.

 “Senior U.S. officials know well that the government of China is systematically attacking the computer networks of the U.S. government and American corporations. Beijing is successfully stealing research and development, software source code, manufacturing know-how and government plans. In a global competition among knowledge-based economies, Chinese cyber operations are eroding America's advantage.

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The Chinese government indignantly denies these charges, claiming that the attackers are nongovernmental Chinese hackers, or other governments pretending to be China, or that the attacks are fictions generated by anti-Chinese elements in the United States. "Experts in the U.S. and allied governments find these denials hard to believe,” says Clarke.

Whether Mr. Clarke’s remarks prove to be true or they’re just another American fear-based scare tactic in an effort to increase the author’s book sales, we’ll have to wait and see. 

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