Chinese cyberspies have hacked most Washington institutions, experts say - The Washington Post
The rising wave of cyber-espionage has produced diplomatic backlash and talk of action against the
Chinese, who have steadfastly denied involvement in hacking campaigns. A
strategy paper released by the Obama administration Wednesday outlined new
efforts to fight the theft of trade secrets.
Cyberspying against what could be called the “information industry” differs
from hacks against traditional economic targets such as Lockheed Martin,
Coca-Cola and Apple, whose computer systems contain valuable
intellectual property that could assist Chinese industrial or military
Instead, journalists, lawyers and human rights workers often have access to
political actors whose communications could offer insight to Chinese
intelligence services eager to understand how Washington works. Hackers often
are searching for the unseen forces that might explain how the administration
approaches an issue, experts say, with many Chinese officials presuming that
reports by think tanks or news organizations are secretly the work of government
officials — much as they would be in Beijing.