Does this mean they will also charge those who hacked into our bankers and
retailers as spies?
it is blatant hypocrisy and good politics.
Hypocrisy doesn't get much bolder than this.
I am surprised to see nothing mentioned about how ridiculous it is to expect
compliance from China in stopping something that has been a vital part of their
tremendous economic expansion during at least the last decade. It is absurd to
believe this will have any useful effect at all.The ONLY way we are
going to stop this kind of activity is by developing counter measures that will
close completely all the now open windows into systems with data we need to
protect.It will be difficult, cumbersome and probably costly, but
possible.But, it must start by acknowledging that appealing to any
sense of "fair play" or propriety on the part of the Chinese government,
or most other governments for that matters, is foolishly naive.
Perhaps the US should ditch the distinction between espionage and industrial
espionage, and let's use the CIA & NSA to provide industrial secrets to
US firms, leveling the playing field.Who knows, with the recent
Supreme Court rulings on campaign donations being free speech, maybe the NSA and
CIA could set up "preferred" espionage clienteles to those who provide
the greatest campaign donations.What's not to like about this
Questions of propriety aside, I have to say I am impressed with the abilities of
the NSA. Anywhere in the world they can tell what people are doing online or
what they are saying on the phone and even in just conversations in a house or
anywhere else for that matter.Were it not for this ability,
terrorism would probably have permanent upper hand over us.
There is a difference between spying on governments and stealing proprietary
information of companies. What they should do if find what information they
have been stealing and then add a tax on all Chinese goods in that field. Yes
China has a huge economy, but is very dependent on its number 1 customer - Us.
"The U.S. should respond with its own cyber battle plan that attacks Chinese
targets and forces China to play defense rather than devote all of its resources
to hacking U.S. targets.”That's a stupid thing for the
WSJ to say, so the U.S. should now engage in industrial espionage and turn over
any information to U.S. companies? Who picks which company(s) gets the info? Who
picks what foreign businesses to target? Are all foreign nations targeted?Spying for businesses is a stupid thing for the government to do and
leads the U.S. down an unethical slippery slope!