Report Reveals Depth of US Cyber-Theft Fears

by Robert McGarvey, Internet Evolution, 11/9/2011

“The thin, 20-page report from an agency few had ever heard of — the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive — landed in Congress last week and, despite its sensational title, seemingly turned few heads. Coverage has been minimal, with scattered, mainly small writeups that yawn at a report that tells us what we already knew: The Chinese and Russians are stealing as many of our secrets as they can glom onto. Who didn’t know that?

 But that is to miss the story — a huge one, according to longtime Beltway counterintelligence expert Roger Cressey, now an executive with consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

That is because the report — titled “Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets” — “puts in an unclassified document for the public what has been said in classified, behind closed door meetings in Washington for a decade,” said Cressey, who held top posts in both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.  “Frankly, the report is overdue. But they are issuing it publicly because this is information we need to know.”

The importance of the report, he stressed, is its very existence: This is the Federal government, saying loudly and publicly, “We have a problem. A big one that is not going away.”

Note, too, that the report pulls few punches. In particular, it names names, pointing fingers at China  (“the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage”) and at Russia for state-sponsored cyber-espionage…” Read the rest of the article here.

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