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Cyber thief yells 'Stop thief!' while stealing all it can

By Zhong Sheng | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-22 07:46

Editor's note: Some in the United States take great pains to fabricate "crimes" against China, and a new crime has been cooked up recently, that China is "hacking US computers to steal business secrets". Zhong Sheng, a columnist for People's Daily, comments:

The US has long been engaged in large-scale and organized cyber espionage and surveillance activities against foreign governments, enterprises and individuals.

No country in the world can match the US in cyber spying. According to information disclosed by Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence employee, the notorious "Prism" program operated by the US government monitors people's emails and social media communications without authorization, and even the leaders of some countries and international organizations have long been under covert monitoring by the US intelligence agencies. WikiLeaks released nearly 9,000 classified documents in 2017, showing the CIA had secretly infiltrated mobile phones, computers, smart TVs and other smart devices with its powerful hacking capabilities. Western media reports point out that "the US monitors 90 percent of global communications".

What is more alarming is that US military and intelligence agencies have created the world's largest cyber arsenal that is comparable to nuclear weapons, triggering a cyber arms race around the world. In 2009, the US military established its Cyber Command, which was upgraded in 2017 to the 10th Joint Operations Command. According to Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange, the US is the world's leading cyber weapons power, with 2,000 kinds of weapons.

According to a 2018 report published by National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China, the US has launched the largest number of cyber attacks, and in 2018, 3,325 IP addresses located in the US planted Trojan horses on 3,607 websites in China, a 43 percent increase over 2017. There is plenty of evidence that shows cyber theft and hacking are routine for the US.

As a global concern, cyber security bears on the common interests of all countries and needs to be safeguarded by the international community. China firmly upholds cyber security and has never participated in any commercial spying. China is also a strong advocate of international cooperation on cyber security, insisting that commercial spying and hacking against government networks should be resolutely countered in accordance with relevant laws and international conventions.

Cooking up the cyber espionage argument in an attempt to smear China's image has exposed the sinister intentions of some in the US.

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