Well, well, well… What do we have here? The United States has accused five Chinese officers of stealing trade secrets by hacking five American companies and one union. For the first time ever, a grand jury has laid charges against specific foreign officials. According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
“This Administration will not tolerate actions by any nation that seeks to illegally sabotage American companies and undermine the integrity of fair competition in the operation of the free market. This case should serve as a wake-up call to the seriousness of the ongoing cyber threat.”
Despite these strong accusations, China denies such indictments. Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, adds:
“The United States Deliberately made up facts, using the excuse of so-called stealing of secrets online to indict five Chinese military officials. This has seriously violated the basic principles of international relations, and damaged Chinese-U.S. cooperation and mutual trust.”
The U.S. ambassador is now involved, after Beijing summoned him over the incident. The accused officers reportedly worked right in Shanghai as part of Unit 61398, which belongs to the People’s Liberation Army. In a report last year, the building was identified as a source of many espionage operations, according to a cybersecurity firm.
But given that Beijing will never hand these men over, skeptics argue that the United States can count out ever getting its hands on them.
And though cyber security is quite a serious matter, something about this particular scenario is a bit amusing. Not long ago, America’s own allies were pointing the finger at the United States for very similar allegations. But, maybe our dear president has forgotten such events…
Who Hacked Obama’s Memory?
Maybe we should refresh Obama’s memory… Just seven months ago, the NSA was in hot water for tapping the cellphones of NATO allies such as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Frankly, she was pissed. And Capitol Hill Daily’s Chief Political Analyst, Floyd Brown, reminded us, “I urge you: Don’t be naïve and think the NSA is some rogue agency that didn’t tell Obama or Congress what it was doing. I’m sure everyone involved enjoyed the secrets until they were finally exposed… The spying is unconstitutional and too invasive to continue.”
Right on, Floyd. If you still need your memory jogged a little more on the matter, go here. Floyd puts it in black and white for us. We invaded the privacy not just of other countries and leaders, but our very own “allies,” at that!
So, the whole idea of the Obama administration being infuriated with these alleged spies is a bit chuckle-worthy, because in this case, it really takes a hacker to know a hacker.
In Pursuit of the Truth,
Capitol Hill Daily Research