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Lawmaker says China engages in cyber spying

October 11, 2011


WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 4, 2011 12:34pm EDT

(Reuters) - The chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence
committee on Tuesday accused China of widespread cyber economic
espionage and said many U.S. firms were afraid to come forward for
fear their computers would be the targets of even more attacks.

"China's economic espionage has reached an intolerable level and I
believe that the United States and our allies in Europe and Asia [0]
have an obligation to confront Beijing and demand that they put a stop
to this piracy," Republican Representative Mike Rogers said at a
committee hearing on cybersecurity.

"Beijing is waging a massive trade war on us all, and we should band
together to pressure them to stop," he said.

Internet giant Google partially pulled out of China last year after
concerns of censorship and a hacking episode that it said originated
from China.

Rogers said companies like Google that reported cyber attacks were
"just the tip of the iceberg." [2]

"There are more companies that have been hit that won't talk about it
in the press, for fear of provoking further Chinese attacks," he said.

Behind closed doors, however, companies describe attacks that
originate in China, he said.

While U.S. officials and firms point the finger at China for many
cyber attacks, China says it is one of the world's biggest victims of

"Attributing this espionage isn't easy [3], but talk to any private
sector cyber analyst, and they will tell you there is little doubt
that this is a massive campaign being conducted by the Chinese
government," Rogers said.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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