US’ industrial cyber espionage

TASTIERA E SOLDATINI

On May 19, the United States Justice Department indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into computers and stealing valuable trade secrets from leading US companies. This is the first time that the US has leveled such criminal charges against a foreign country.

Washington’s unfounded charges and crude behavior have once again demonstrated to the world its hypocrisy and shamelessness.

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance programs let the whole world know that the US is the biggest cyber spy, perhaps that is why it is so desperate to point a finger at China.

The US argues all countries engage in espionage, but it does not provide information gathered by its intelligence agencies to US companies for commercial gain. In other words, it is saying that it is OK for the US to steal information from other countries if it is in the name of safeguarding its national security, even if it is the commercial secrets of other countries, but it isn’t using that information to help US enterprises.

It is well-known the US wants to maintain its hegemony in the world, so it is not surprising that the US puts its own security interests above other countries’ national sovereignty.

According to Snowden’s revelations, US institutions have long been involved in large-scale and organized cyber theft as well as wiretapping and surveillance activities against foreign political leaders, companies and individuals, and the intelligence it has obtained naturally includes a large number of business secrets. People cannot help but ask: Do all those countries, enterprises, institutions and individuals around the world pose a threat to US national security?

If the US does not take advantage of these information, why does it take the trouble to steal them?

In 1977, the US launched a commercial espionage program, called “Echelon”, to steal other countries’ business intelligence on a large scale by monitoring phone conversations and intercepting cable and fax messages, and offered this information to American companies. Over the decades, the US intelligence department’s stealing of commercial secrets has continuously increased rather than lessened.

An article published in The New York times in 1995 disclosed the details of the US’ theft of economic information from Japan, and pointed out that as overseas commercial interests have become the US’ foreign policy priority, spying on its allies’ for economic gain has become a key task of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In fact, for many years such reports have been fairly common in the US’ mainstream media, and there have been many reports of the US government, enterprises and intelligence agents making handsome profits through stealing commercial secrets.

In 1999, the European Parliament conducted a two-year investigation into the US’ intelligence..

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