Chinese spy campaign targets US space tech

Chinese spy campaign targets US space tech

Summary: China stealing American military and civilian space technology in bid to diminish latter's technological edge in developing weapons and communications, report states.


China is stealing U.S. military and civilian space technology in an effort to disrupt its access to intelligence, navigation and communications satellites. This is to make it harder for the United States to develop weapons and communications systems, one report noted.

In a Bloomberg report Thursday, the U.S. State and Defense Departments released a report the same day saying that "China's continuing efforts to acquire U.S. military and dual-use technologies are enabling China's science and technology base to diminish the U.S. technological edge in areas critical to the development of weapons and communications systems".

"Additionally, the technologies China has acquired could be used to develop more advanced technologies by shortening Chinese R&D cycles," it added in the report.

The newswire cited two unnamed U.S. intelligence officials who said that while the Chinese military was not preparing to fight a major land war, its goal was to deny military access to the other four arenas in which a war might be fought--the seas around China; the airspace surrounding the country; space; and cyberspace.

Bloomberg added that Chinese officials have denied their government's involvement in cyberespionage or hacker attacks on computer systems, and have called such assertions a "Cold War ghost".

This is not the first time the U.S. has accused China of directing espionage efforts toward them. In March, the U.S. identified China as being behind the cyberattacks against security vendor RSA in 2011, in which hackers conducted a spear-phishing campaign that sent e-mails containing malware.

Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Security, China


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  • Citing US "intelligence officials", a report released by the US State and Defense Departments claims that China is "stealing U.S. military and civilian space technology". Well, that settles it - Roma locuta, causa finita. I mean, "US intelligence officials" wouldn't have any interest at all in claiming that the Chinese are behind all these "thefts", now would they ? But one thing puzzles me - if, as stated in the Bloomberg rreport, "... China's closed political system discourages the independent thinking that spawns innovation", why can't the US military, an organisation noted for encouraging "independent thinking", simply out-innovate Chinese hackers and put a stop to those dastardly deeds ? Perhaps it is only the lack of an adequate military budget (when all is counted, well over one million million (10^12) USD annually, as much or more than the rest of the world combined) which prevents this from being done ?...