The Pentagon has officially made what is the first official accusation of China’s military and government performing acts of cyberespionage against the United States government, military, and companies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon issued the report yesterday, remarking the following from the the report:
China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs.
As you continue to read more of the report, it states that, “China’s cyberespionage was designed to benefit China’s defense and technology industry and to gain insight into U.S. policy makers’ thinking on China”. It’s a clear cut accusation that hasn’t been responded to by Chinese officials, but it’s going to be fuel for heated diplomacy.