WASHINGTON — U.S. national security officials say China's cyberthreats and the theft of intellectual property from American companies pose large economic and national security challenges for the United States. Assistant Attorney General John Demers said Wednesday that the U.S. "cannot tolerate a nation that steals the fruit of our brainpower." Demers and other officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about espionage threats from China. Demers says China has shown, in some cases, that it wants to steal American technology and copy it. He says the country's playbook is to "rob, replicate and replace." He says China's espionage activity has been "steadily increasing" in the last few years. The Justice Department has filed several charges against Chinese hackers and intelligence officials in recent months. … [Read more...] about US officials: China poses serious national security threat
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It will take a long time to determine who was behind the Starwood Hotels and Resorts breach. While Marriott, which owns Starwood, discovered the breach in September and announced it Friday, the hack extends back to 2014.The director of UC Berkeley's Center for Long-term Cybersecurity says many people might shrug this off, a form of "breach fatigue". But director Steve Weber says it's worth paying close attention to the intentions of the hackers. RELATED: What to do if you think you might be impacted by the Marriott data breach"One view is it's a criminal gang who intends to sell that data on the black market for profit. It could also be a nation-state actor. Governments are very interested in knowing where particular people were and what hotels they stayed in, at what times of the year and for what events so there are national security implications as well. "As for consumers, marketing experts expect Marriott to move quickly to notify those whose data was … [Read more...] about Could Starwood hotel hack pose national security threat?
The United States has struck a deal with ZTE, ending a high-stakes dispute with China. What is ZTE, and why do American officials believe it poses a national security threat? What is ZTE? ZTE is a Chinese telecommunications manufacturer, founded in 1985, that makes inexpensive Android smartphones. ZTE says it has partnerships with 150 wireless companies in more than 60 countries. It is the fourth-largest seller of mobile phones in the United States and the second-largest seller of prepaid phones. The company uses parts from many US companies, including chips from Qualcomm (QCOM) and glass from Corning (GLW). Its US headquarters is in Richardson, Texas, and it has about 75,000 employees around the world. The company is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. Why does the US government say ZTE poses a national security threat? In March 2017, ZTE agreed to pay a record fine of $1.2 billion to the United States for violating sanctions on Iran and North … [Read more...] about What is ZTE, and why does the US think it’s a national security threat?
Those who hanker for a transparent world where everybody knows each other's business are now on a roll.Having browbeaten the House of Commons into enacting a statute seeking to impose public ultimate beneficial ownership (UBO) registers on the UK's overseas territories, such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), there are moves afoot to legally fortify this legislative decision by declaring it under the heading of national security.The recent release of Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee report Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK is a case in point. The document opens with reference to the March 2018 nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.Russia continues to exert influence over the world stage. She does so in many ways, including clandestine cyber-attacks and not-so-clandestine military interventions in Crimea, Syria and elsewhere. Those who rule the Russian state have grown rich via an ongoing process of kleptocracy, … [Read more...] about UK’s targeting of Russian oligarchs as a national security threat is a sham
Updated 6:08 am, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) less Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, ... more Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, AP The Latest: No national security threat seen in van case 1 / 1 Back to Gallery TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the incident in which a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk, killing … [Read more...] about The Latest: No national security threat seen in van case