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Years of Chinese Cyber Attacks Against the U.S. Discussed During Subcommittee Hearing

Mar 25, 2013

Washington DC – Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats  called into question the effectiveness of the State Department’s efforts to stop cyber attacks on American targets by the Chinese government. At the hearing, the State Department’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, recounted how President Barack Obama and other officials had “raised their concerns” with Beijing officials about years worth of Chinese government attacks on business and strategic targets in the U.S.

“I’m really sure that the Chinese officials take our concerns seriously,” chided subcommittee chairman, Dana Rohrabacher(R-CA). “All they have heard are words, which they ignore. We need to take action, deploying the same national security and diplomatic measures that we use to meet other external threats.” 

A focus of the hearing was a  report released last month by the private high-tech security firm Mandiant that identified a unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army as being behind a massive assault on U.S. targets since 2006.

“This is the Chinese military, the Chinese government that is stealing American technology and probing our strategic infrastructure,” said Rohrabacher. “These attacks are akin to acts of war. They are meant to change the balance of power in Beijing’s favor.

“Our Internet is too open to defend everything. We have to go after the governments involved in hacking and make them stop their attacks. We also have to quit downplaying attacks on business and industry. This is commercial warfare, meant to weaken us and strengthen China. Cyber Command has called this the greatest transfer of wealth in history. It has funded the rise of China as an enemy of America and must be halted.”  


Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.