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Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

This news story was published on December 20, 2018.
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WASHINGTON- Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers, top federal officials said today.

These Chinese actors used this access to compromise the networks of the providers’ clients, including global companies located in at least 12 countries, according to a statement from Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

The United States is concerned that this activity violates the 2015 U.S.-China cyber commitments made by President Xi Jinping to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.” China has also made this commitment with G20 and APEC members as well as in other bilateral statements.

Stability in cyberspace cannot be achieved if countries engage in irresponsible behavior that undermines the national security and economic prosperity of other countries, Pompeo and Nielsen said. These actions by Chinese actors to target intellectual property and sensitive business information present a very real threat to the economic competitiveness of companies in the United States and around the globe. “We will continue to hold malicious actors accountable for their behavior, and today the United States is taking several actions to demonstrate our resolve. We strongly urge China to abide by its commitment to act responsibly in cyberspace and reiterate that the United States will take appropriate measures to defend our interests.”

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3 Responses to Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2018 at 9:08 am

    We could invade china with our underground army – draft the millennials who are approx. 1/3 of our youth under the age of 35 still living in their parents basements – want to see some soyboys azzes fleeing to Canada just sent out the re-enstatements of the new draft laws. Oh! they could flee to their friends in Mexico but off course the drug cartels/MS 13 and the water would be a quicker death.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Invade China – Hell there already in you back yard – just kick the democrats crooks out of office and their bosses the chineeez government controlled American corporations will be bankrupt.

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    Patton Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Time to invade mainland China