The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a series of high profile hacks allegedly carried out by cyberattackers connected to China’s intelligence services.
During these hacks “volumes of intellectual property, security clearance details and other records from scores of companies over the past several years.”
They were able to acquire access to systems with prospecting secrets from mining company Rio Tinto and sensitive medical research from electronic and healthcare titan Phillips.
The hack, called Cloud Hopper, was uncovered by security researchers in 2016. U.S. prosecutors charged two Chinese nationals for the global operation last December. However, the two men remain at large.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the attack was much bigger than previously expected. It goes well beyond 14 unnamed companies in the indictment, spanning across at least a dozen cloud providers, which includes CGI Group Inc, one of Canada’s biggest cloud companies, Tieto Oyj, a big player in Finland’s IT sector, and International Business Machines Corp.
Inside the clouds, the hackers gained access to a vast network of clients. The Journal’s investigation found that hundreds of firms that had relationships with the cloud providers who got hacked. These clients included Rio Tinto, Philips, American Airlines Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Allianz SE, and GlaxoSmithKline PLC.
FBI Director Christopher Wray described the hackers’ work as the “equivalent of stealing the master keys to an entire apartment complex.”
It’s still being determined if hackers remain inside companies’ networks today.
U.S. agencies, especially the Justice Department, are concerned about potentially being exposed to hackers. Additionally, they worry that the hacks are now allowing the Chinese government to gain access to critical infrastructure.
The Chinese government has denied hacking allegations in the past.
In light of these developments, the U.S. will need to focus more on its cybersecurity infrastructure now that we’re two decades into the 21st century.
China’s transition from Maoism shouldn’t fool policymakers. It still remains authoritarian and is pursuing its own form of expansionism at the U.S.’s detriment.
American lawmakers will need to take this into account and start crafting new policies that actually focus on defense, instead of dropping hundreds of billions in pointless nation-building schemes.
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America First Patriot Kris Kobach Believes Democrats are Using the Wuhan Virus Crisis to Push Socialism
U.S. Senate Candidate Kris Kobach believes Democrats are politicizing the Wuhan Virus to push socialist policies.
He asserted, “Many Democrats are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to launch a full-bore push for socialism—making the socialist rhetoric of the early Democratic presidential debates look tepid by comparison.”
The former Kansas Secretary of State believes that Democrats are taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus pandemic to push for a “centralized, national health care system.”
That means “No more private insurance, private clinics, or private hospitals.”
Kobach correctly notes that “the communist country [China] that unleashed this plague upon the world was the epitome of centralized control.”
But for radical Democrats, that does not even enter the equation. For them, it’s control at all costs.
Sanders is not alone.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for “a nationalization of crucial factories and industries that could produce the medical supplies to prepare this country for what we need.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a state-run hand sanitizer factory, and has even threatened the use of state power to control prices. This is only a testing ground for even larger collectivist schemes.
From a big picture perspective, Kobach understands what Democrats’ endgame is with these calls for government involvement in the economy during the pandemic:
Many on the Left are also calling for massive expansions of the welfare state that have little or nothing to do with the coronavirus. This is what the socialist Left has been demanding for decades. Their demands aren’t about bringing the coronavirus crisis to a swift close; they are about enlarging the dependency class. They are exploiting the coronavirus for all it’s worth.
Kobach called attention to how private companies such as General Motors and Tesla are stepping up to the plate to produce ventilators, when many naysayers only think the state should be involved.
In his view, “Only a robust private sector free from government regulation will be able to pull the American economy out of the impending recession when this crisis is over.”
Kobach gets it.
The former Kansas Secretary of State is a certified immigration patriot and understands the value of limited government.
He’s the only choice for America First patriots who believe in constitutional governance.
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