Brits Accuse China of Web Espionage

Spy chief warns businesses Beijing is infiltrating sites
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2007 1:30 PM CST
Jonathan Evans, the Director General of MI5, the UK's domestic security and counter-intelligence service, addresses the Society of Editors Annual Conference 2007, in Manchester, England, Monday, Nov....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – UK spy agency MI5 has sent an unprecedented letter to 300 British business leaders, warning them that vital sectors of the country's economy are under attack from Chinese state-sponsored electronic espionage. The Chinese "use every means at their disposal" to dig up information about British companies, a letter recipient told the Times of London.

China's sophisticated web-based espionage is designed to foil even the best IT security. A major oil company and a large engineering firm are known to have been compromised recently by Chinese spying. The British alert follows a US congressional report last month that called Chinese espionage "the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies."