Thursday, September 20, 2012

Panetta Stonewalled In China


BEIJING — Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.  Put me in charge.  I will fix the issue in one day.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is wrapping up three days of meetings with military and civilian leaders, said he has brought the issue up at every session and come away with little more than agreements to talk again.
Meanwhile, cybersecurity analysts say the computer-based attacks emanating from China continue unabated, and in fact are expanding and focusing more intently on critical American oil, gas and other energy companies.

"No diplomatic actions have made a difference," said Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer for the Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Mandiant. "They remain aggressive — they're kicked out one day and try to get back in the next day."

Efforts by officials across the U.S. government have not seemed to have any impact, Bejtlich said, adding: "The Chinese don't seem to care. So I don't have any hope that the dialogue is reaching anyone of any note."  They will care when the USA cuts off all trade with China.  They will care when the freighters approach the port of San Diego and are told to turn around and go home.  They will care when corporate America is forced to bring all the factories home in order to sell into the United States.  If today the Chinese don’t care that is only because the US government isn’t trying hard enough.  I could get them to care in about 3 minutes.

But nine months ago senior U.S. intelligence officials for the first time publicly accused China of systematically stealing American high-tech data for its own national economic gain. It was the most forceful and detailed airing of U.S. allegations against Beijing after years of private complaints, and it launched a more open push to combat the attacks.  9 months ago…..I have been accusing China for over 10 years.  The US Government should really read my emails and then maybe they would know what is going on in the world.

Bejtlich and others describe a hierarchy of hackers in China that includes three main groups: those who are employed directly by the government, The same government Bill Gates handed over the source code to Windows in 2003 allowing all this all to happen in the first place.  Is he in handcuffs yet?  those who are affiliated with universities or quasi-government agencies and the so-called patriotic hackers who work on their own but direct their attacks against the U.S. and Western interests.

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