Originally Posted by |)3\/][/-\|\|+
There is a very real chance that what the Chinese were supposedly able to gain access to is nothing more than a decoy. Think about it, you create false designs for a very expensive weapons system, allow another country to "hack" them, and then sit back and laugh as they spend millions trying to build the useless hunk of junk that you handed them. Or, alternatively, they successfully build a very powerful weapon with your stolen plans. A weapon that you have intimate understanding of, and may ultimately gain control of through a built in exploit.
There's also a chance that this entire incident never happened, but the US can use it as justification to escalate the cold war going on between the two powers.
Also, to the people who say " we arrest hackers we don't hire them", that's a bit misleading. US govt usually arrests hackers, THEN hires them. Kind of hard to turn down a job offer when your only alternative is decades in prison. Everyone thinks they go to the pen, but in reality they get whisked off to some secret government compound. The perfect cover for your newest secret agent.
You guys give the CIA and the US. gov. far too little credit.
EDIT: Also, it would be just plain silly to insinuate our government isn't doing the same thing. Don't judge the success of a country's cyber espionage programs by how many times they appear in the news.
Actually, the industrial espionage is very real and important data was stolen. There's no conspiracy around this. See "Unit 61398" or Google hacks or RSA hack. It also is pretty hard to fool someone with a completely fake design... it's not like they building whatever they find. There are other engineers in the world. Even if there was misinformation, there still would be more useful information.
...you've been watching too much TV....
Originally Posted by j3st3r
But back to subject, the US needs not to whine about things it does itself. Such hypocrisy. What is that old saying.... you can't take it then don't dish it out? Yeah....
The issue is probably that China does not have as good/much IP to steal!