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Chinese hackers professionals, not rogues: experts

China’s prosperity has allowed it technology to conduct sophisticated hacking attacks that compromise systems and data security

AP, BEIJING

The Ministry of State Security is especially suspected in attacks on foreign academics studying Chinese social issues and unrest in the western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.

Below them on the hacking hierarchy are private actors, including civilian universities and research institutes, state industries in key sectors such as information technology and resources, and college students and other individuals acting alone or in groups, according to analysts, Forno said.

China’s government is not alone in being accused of cyberespionage, but observers say it has outpaced its rivals in using military assets to steal commercial secrets.

“Stealing secrets is stealing secrets regardless of the medium...the key difference is that you can’t easily arrest such electronic thieves since they’re most likely not even in the country, which differs from how the game was played during the Cold War,” Farno said.

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