China is top cyber-threat to the US, report says


Chinese soldiers practice drills at a barracks in Beijing on July 21, 2011. The Chinese government has been implicated in a massive series of cyber attacks on U.S. defense firms and other international organizations.


Liu Jin

The so-called war on terror has gone digital. The United States is the target of a massive cyber-espionage campaign, according to a new report by the United States' National Intelligence Estimate. Details of the report were leaked to the Washington Post. The report identifies China as the top cyber-threat to American agencies and businesses. 

Cyber-espionage is “just so widespread that it’s known to be a national issue at this point,” an anonymous official told the Post. 

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Sometimes businesses don't reveal to the public that they got hacked, such as Coca Cola.

Just a few weeks ago, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal announced that they had fallen victim to Chinese hackers. 

Also last month, US officials said that their emails may have been broken into by amateur Chinese hackers.