U.S. said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign
Original story at The Washington Post• 2 mentions • 10 months ago
The Washington Post 10 months ago
???initialComments:true! pubdate:02/10/2013 20:45 EST! commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:2/24/13 8:45 EST! currentDate:2/10/13 7:0 EST! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report.The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain. Sepcial Report: Zero Day - The Threat in Cyberspace: To succeed in addressing risks in the digital universe, global leaders must understand one of the most complex, man-made creations on Earth.Fighting alongside Syrian forces, they are protecting their interests in the event that Assad’s government falls.Among main obstacles to lawmakers’ proposal is executive opposition to dilution of president’s authority.Analysis found that the weapons the administration was comfortable with would not have “tipped the scales.”The report, which represents the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking over the past five years, including energy, finance, information technology, aerospace and automotives, according to the individuals familiar with the report, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the classified document. The assessment does not quantify the financial impact of the espionage, but outside experts have estimated it in the tens of billions of dollars.