China Hackers Have Hit Majority of Washington: Experts
Rare to find 'network that hasn't been breached'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2013 4:50 AM CST
Chinese spies have reportedly managed to hack much of Washington.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Just how widespread is Chinese hacking against the US? Well, it's hit pretty much every Washington institution, experts tell the Washington Post. "The dark secret is there is no such thing as a secure unclassified network," says one. "Law firms, think tanks, newspapers—if there’s something of interest, you should assume you’ve been penetrated." Adds a former FBI cyber boss: "I’ve yet to come across a network that hasn’t been breached."

The hackers are looking to map out Washington's power structure, based on the assumption that, as in China, the government has a hand in news organizations and think tanks. One possible hope for the US is that there's simply too much information for China to systematically investigate, the Post notes. "You can waste an enormous amount of time and effort puzzling over something that is totally meaningless," says an expert on China. Meanwhile, Chinese authorities continue to deny government involvement in such schemes.

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Feb 22, 2013 3:10 PM CST
I tried to give America a tool to preserve peace in a world of 10 billion. Dick Cheney hand typed a thank you letter- and did nothing. Two Chinese universities and the Ministry of Commerce downloaded my work.My work ended up helping China control America.See you in the NDAA death camps, losers
Feb 21, 2013 11:34 AM CST
"You can waste an enormous amount of time and effort puzzling over something that is totally meaningless," Well, there you have it; what is done in DC is a waste of time!
Feb 21, 2013 10:21 AM CST
This is wonderful! We are now holding out hope that China is so gorged on our secret data that they are having a hard time digesting it all. Brilliant! All responsible deserve a round of applause for unleashing such a brilliant and efficient plan.