Former US secretary of state and now presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has accused China of aggressive, state-sponsored hacking aimed at stealing both state and trade secrets.
In widely-reported remarks made at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said China is “ ... trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America. Stealing commercial secrets ... from defence contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage."
Clinton's remarks follow the breach at the US Office of Personnel Management, for which China is suspect number one. And two. And 20.
Any aspiring commander in chief needs to sound credible on foreign policy, so Clinton's remarks are to be expected and are likely intended for a domestic audience as much as they are for Chinese ears. China, of course, says the same about America and can point to the works of one E. Snowden, late of Moscow, when asked for proof about its statements. Clinton's not backed her remarks with new information, although her status as a former secretary of state gives her comments a little extra weight.
The remarks echo those of Condoleezza Rice, who recently said China's gone beyond the bounds of acceptable behaviour in its online espionage efforts. ®