US is target of massive cyber-espionage: report

Feb 11, 2013
Analyists at the US National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington, VA, September 24, 2010. The US intelligence community has concluded that America is the target of a massive cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening its competitiveness, The Washington Post reported.

The US intelligence community has concluded that America is the target of a massive cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening its competitiveness, The Washington Post reported.

Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the conclusion is contained in the National Intelligence Estimate, a classified report that represents the consensus view of the US intelligence community.

The report identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of US businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain, the paper said.

The document, according to the Post, identifies energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automotive companies as the most frequent targets of cyber-attacks.

Outside experts have estimated the damage to the US economy in the tens of billions of dollars, the paper said.

The National Intelligence Estimate names three other countries—Russia, Israel and France—as having engaged in mining for economic intelligence but makes clear that cyber- by those countries pales in comparison with China's effort, the paper notes.

The administration of President is trying to counter the electronic theft of trade secrets by lodging formal protests, expelling diplomatic personnel, imposing travel and visa restrictions, and complaining to the , the Post said.

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antialias_physorg
2.5 / 5 (2) Feb 11, 2013
Oh boy. That's a staged photo if ever I saw one.
John1948
2 / 5 (4) Feb 11, 2013
Not that the US has ever done any such thing itself, of course.

I guess most nations are wide open to cyber-attack, which is scary if Al Quaeda start thinking about it.
VendicarE
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 11, 2013
The U.S. should close it's libraries. Foreigners are reading too many books.
frajo
not rated yet Feb 12, 2013
Every linguist versed in Western PR easily concludes that this news is timed to anticipate the publication of the damages done by US intelligence to the rest of the world. Except the red herring Israel, of course.
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (1) Feb 12, 2013
Not that the US has ever done any such thing itself, of course.

Nah. The US is going one better. They're spying on their enemies' AND allies' businesses.

So I guess they shouldn't expect too much pity (or compassion for their 'outrage' at these happenings) fom other nations.