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Time for discourse on China computer hacking
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of November 2011
Jamie Metzl caused quite a stir late this summer with an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal in which he blasted China’s computer hacking efforts. Metzl, executive vice president of Asia Society and a former higher-up in the State Department and National Security Council, condemned China’s actions as “running roughshod over global norms” to advance its economic interests. Unfortunately for him, he used McAfee’s Shady Rat research -- which received criticism from several experts in the industry -- as the backbone for his diatribe against China. Regardless, the bigger point here is China’s 10 percent annual economic growth, a staggering number according to bean counters, isn’t exactly being built solely on blood, sweat and tears. Metzl and others we’ve talked to and listened to say China is relentless in its efforts to steal intellectual property, trade and corporate secrets, and anything else that will give them an economic edge—or growth spurt. I’ve had more than one casual conversation land on the topic that some ...
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Columns in this issue
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