CHINESE MEDIA have accused major US technology firms of stealing information at the behest of the US National Security Agency (NSA).
China Daily and the People's Daily have both run stories that accuse the firms of shenanigans and cite a number of sources. One accused high-profile companies of colluding with the NSA.
"Major tech companies, such as Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft and Facebook, were required by the US National Security Agency to transfer their users' information," reported the China Daily, in a story that quotes a local independent security expert named Wan Tao of the Intelligence Defense Friends Lab.
Wan added, "The US, in fact, could get these users' information or conduct the wiretapping by attacking the network instead of 'cooperating' with the enterprises, but it might take more time and money."
Du Yuejin, director at the National Engineering Laboratory for the Chinese Cyber Security Emergency Response Technology (CERT), added, "It can be said that those who master online services can get more information in cyberspace."
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has accused China of attacking and targeting US companies, and US companies have alleged that the NSA compromises products and installs surveillance gear. The issue of who snoops on whom, and how, is a tangled and controversial matter.
"It is ridiculous that the US says espionage on political and military intelligence is a normal practice but that collecting business intelligence is a crime," said Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the People's Liberation Army, in its report. "Isn't political and military secrecy more essential to a country's existence and security?"
Ruan Zongze, VP of the China Institute of International Studies, echoed this view, adding that the US efforts are security counter-productive. He said, "Cybersecurity calls for concerted global efforts to frame regulations, but the US has been running in the opposite direction." µ