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House Rep claims IT breached by China, calls for trade crackdown
Yesterday, a high-ranking congressman issued a belated clarion call for procedurally improving the US' data security, citing data breaches that took place two years ago believed to have been perpetrated by China.
Back in August 2006, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R - Va.) -- ranking member on the House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee -- noted that four of his office's computers had been hacked: his chief of staff's, his legislative director's, a foreign policy and human rights staff member's, and one belonging to a member of his judiciary staff. Rep. Wolf believed whoever was responsible was seeking information about casework on behalf of political dissidents and human rights activists.
June 12, 2008 (Computerworld) China on Thursday denied charges by two U.S. congressmen that it had hacked their offices' computers, claiming that it doesn't have technology capable of launching such attacks.
"Is there any evidence? Do we have such advanced technology? Even I don't believe it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in today's regularly scheduled news conference, according to the Associated Press. Translations of the Foreign Ministry's Chinese-language transcript confirmed the AP account.