Thursday, February 5, 2015
Intel chief warns U.S. tech threatened by China cyber theft
technological edge over China is at risk because of cyber theft. Lt. Gen.
Vincent Stewart, director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, told a
congressional hearing the U.S. retains technological superiority. But he
said China had stolen "a lot" of intellectual property from U.S. defense
contractors and that effort continues.
Stewart's comments underscored the strains between the U.S. and China over
cyber espionage. Last May, U.S. authorities indicted five Chinese military
officials over allegations they targeted big-name American makers of nuclear
and solar technology. China denied the allegations. Then in September, the
Senate Armed Services Committee reported that hackers associated with the
Chinese government repeatedly penetrated the computer systems of the U.S.
Transportation Command, showing vulnerabilities in the U.S. military's
system to deploy troops and equipment in a crisis.