May 13, 2019
As part of his justification for increasing tariffs on China, Donald Trump points to the refusal of the Chinese government to crack down on the theft of intellectual property – the supposed threat to American people, corporations, and even the U.S. military from Chinese hackers. The bosses’ media and other politicians have promoted this same narrative.
Part of the picture they paint is that Chinese hackers stole some of the computer code they’ve used in their hacking tools. In an interesting twist, though, researchers from the computer security firm Symantec found that Chinese intelligence agents obtained some of their hacking tools by capturing malware used by the U.S. National Security Agency to break into the networks of other countries and attack “adversaries” infrastructure.
What’s wrong with this picture?
In other words, the politicians and the media try to convince American workers that rogue foreign enemies are a threat to our security, but in fact, the supposedly “evil” Chinese hackers are simply pointing the weapons the NSA first used against them back in the direction from whence they came.
The usual story always did beg the question, of whether or not the U.S. is as capable as the Chinese of carrying out cyberwarfare. Of course they are, they’ve been doing it all along.