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5 Examples of Chinese-Sponsored Hacks Against American Companies and Interests

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Fox Wilmington recently covered some of the biggest hacks that have implicated the Chinese government.

Many of these cases involve the Chinese government trying to collect Americans’ data and steal scientific research.

Back in 2015, Chinese strongman Xi Jinping promised then-President Barack Obama that his government would curtail such practices.

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Fox Wilmington detailed five major cyberattacks connected to China of the last decade:

  1. Equifax
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Earlier in in February, the Justice Department pressed charges against four members of the Chinese military for breaching into computer networks of the credit-reporting agency Equifax and then stealing the personal data of millions of Americans.

The four defendants were all members of the People’s Liberation Army and were also accused of stealing Equifax’s trade secrets.

 

  1. S. Office of Personnel Management

Back in June 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that it suffered a cyberattack that left the personal data of over 21 million current, former, and prospective federal employees vulnerable to potential cyber malfeasances.

Even though the first hacker was detected in March 2014, a second intruder remained undetected until April 2015. By then, according to investigators, data on security clearances, background checks, and fingerprint records were already extracted. A House inquiry discovered that the hack was linked to the group “Deep Panda”, which has connections to the Chinese military.

  

  1. Marriott International

In November 2018, Marriott International announced that it was victim of a massive scale security breach, with the personal information of roughly 500 million guests having been extracted by hackers.

Starting in 2014, hackers began collecting data, which included credit and passport numbers, birth dates, phone numbers, and hotel arrival and departure dates on Marriott’s guests. The breach remained undetected for four years and impacted hotels in the Starwood chain that Marriott acquired in 2016, according to officials’ report.

Attorney General William Barr believes that Chinese agents were responsible for the hack.

  1. Anthem  

From the period of 2014 and 2015, hackers stole the personal information of nearly 80 million current and former customers and employees of the health insurance company Anthem. The stolen data consisted of Social Security numbers, birth dates, employment information, incomes, and street addresses.

According to officials from Symantec, a cybersecurity firm, the hack was supposedly the work of a Chinese group called Black Vine which had been carrying out cyber espionage against aerospace, energy, and health care industries.

  1. U.S. Universities

iDefense, a cybersecurity branch of Accenture Security, reported back in March 2019 that several American universities fell in the crosshairs of Chinese hackers attempting to steal maritime military technology and other secrets.

The cybersecurity unit was able to identify the targeted universities by catching on to how their networks were pinging servers based in China that were suspected of being under the control of a Chinese hacking group that has taken the names of TEMP.Persicope, Leviathan, or Mudcarp, per a Wall Street Journal report.

China may have changed some of its communist domestic policies, but it still maintains residual authoritarianism on foreign policy matters, in which it exploits security holes in America’s cybersecurity apparatus and immigration policies. to subvert its interests.

 

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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