China, Russia top offenders in cyber stealing: US

For the first time, the US has publicly accused China and Russia of stealing cutting-edge American high-tech information to build their own economies.

Updated: Nov 04, 2011, 18:49 PM IST

Washington: For the first time, the US has
publicly accused China and Russia of stealing cutting-edge
American high-tech information to build their own economies.

"The nations of China and Russia, through their
intelligence services and through their corporations, are
attacking our research and development.

That`s a serious issue, because if we build their
economies on our information, I don`t think that is right,"
the National Counterintelligence Executive Bryant said while
unveiling a report here yesterday.

Bryant`s office is responsible for mounting an integrated
national counterintelligence battle against foreign
intelligence threats to the United States.

"US private sector firms and cyber security specialists
have reported an onslaught of computer network intrusions that
have originated in China," the CNN quoted the report as
saying.

In a statement, Rogers said the report "once again
underscores the need for America`s allies across Asia and
Europe to join forces to pressure Beijing to end this illegal
behaviour."

The report is the most forceful public airing of US
allegations after years of private complaints to Beijing and
Moscow, US media reports said.

It noted that analysts could not pinpoint specific
responsibility for many of the intrusions, but Bryant said the
source of the attacks could be government intelligence
services, corporations or individuals.

The latest intelligence community assessment comes on the
heels of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers`
harsh criticism of what he referred to as China`s "predatory
campaign" of stealing US intellectual property.

Last month, Rogers said the cyber attacks against the
United States had reached "an intolerable level" and were
harming American national security.

Bryant said American companies and the US government
produce approximately USD 400 billion of research and
development each year. Depending on whose figures you go by,
the losses each year range from USD 2 billion to as much as
USD 400 billion -- estimates that Bryant called "meaningless."

The report gives the example of the Valspar Corporation,
where an employee downloaded proprietary paint formulas that
he planned to take to a job in China. The theft was valued at
USD 20 million, representing one-eighth of Valspar`s annual
profit, the CNN report said.

PTI

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