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Chinese espionage campaign targets US space tech

USA: China is stealing US military and civilian space technology in an effort to disrupt US’ access to intelligence, navigation and communications satellites, noted a report by the US State and Defense Departments.

The report further stated, “China’s continuing efforts to acquire US military and dual-use technologies are enabling China’s science and technology base to diminish the US technological edge in areas critical to the development of weapons and communications systems”.

Speaking to Bloomberg, two US intelligence officials said that while the Chinese military was not preparing to fight a major land war, its goal was to deny military access to the other four arenas in which a war might be fought–the seas around China; the airspace surrounding the country; space; and cyberspace.

Bloomberg added that Chinese officials have denied their government’s involvement in cyber espionage or hacker attacks on computer systems, and have called such assertions a “Cold War ghost”.

This is not the first time the US has accused China of directing espionage efforts toward them. In March, the US identified China as being behind the cyber attacks against security vendor RSA in 2011, in which hackers conducted a spear-phishing campaign that sent e-mails containing malware. Also, according to a congressional commission report, computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two US government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway.

Source: Bloomberg