US is more squarely focusing cyber espionage blame on China

by Chris Zappone

From the NYTimes…

The US is explicitly blaming the Chinese military for massive cyber-espionage.

The (US) report, released Monday, described China’s primary goal as stealing industrial technology, but said that many intrusions also seemed aimed at obtaining insights into American policymakers’ thinking. It warned that the same information-gathering could easily be used for “building a picture of U.S. network defense networks, logistics, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.”

 

But this report suggests “cyberweapons have become integral to Chinese military strategy.”

Obviously, the US is reaching for what’s handy on the China cyber espionage issue. China is a huge country with a lot of weight to throw around. And China, modernising in the age of the internet, is using all available tools with little regard for international legal and diplomatic standards.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the UK is finding out what that can mean.