3/2/2012, “NASA says it was hacked 13 times last year (2011),” Reuters. NASA chief Bolden says he's "going to sign a directive" ordering NASA portable devices to use encryption. As of November 2012, still no encryption. "Bolden also said that most attacks are "by kids who are just trying to impress people.""
11/14/2014, "Rep. Wolf: Chinese Hackers ‘Literally Taking Whatever They Want’," CNS News, Barbara Hollingsworth
"Washington is not doing nearly enough to stop Chinese hackers, who reportedly broke into the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) computer
system in September, from stealing critical information from U.S.
government agencies and American businesses, says Rep. Frank Wolf
“They have a more sophisticated spying apparatus than the KGB had,” Wolf told CNSNews.com.
“We’re losing jobs, technology, everything is leaving. It’s like
they’re coming in and literally taking whatever they want to take.
so sometimes you find out about it and sometimes you don’t, but there
needs to be a coordinated effort [to stop them],” Wolf continued. “And you don’t see a coordinated effort either from the Congress or from the administration.”
Wolf told CNSNews.com that he believes special Chinese military units
are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the cyber-attacks on American
businesses, foundations and government agencies.
“If you are a major law firm and you’re working on a trade case with
China, they’ll strip your computers,” said the Virginia Republican, who
is retiring this year after serving in the House since 1980.
“We fund the FBI on my committee. I’ve looked at the list. They’re
hitting major law firms. They’re hitting all the companies,” said Wolf,
who chairs the House Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee and whose own
computer was previously hacked by the Chinese.
“The fact is, the saying was there’s two kind of companies: Those
that have been hacked and know it and those who have been hit and don’t
know it. This isn’t the first time. They just got [data on] 800,000 postal employees.”
“I consider them a big threat. They have tremendous capability. They
have [Red Army] units that do nothing but this,” Wolf told CNSNews.com. But there have been “no repercussions” from Washington, he pointed out.
“Until the administration speaks out and tells China to stop, and there
is a penalty, it will continue.”
Wolf characterized the Obama administration as “particularly weak” in
dealing with the Chinese. On Wednesday in Beijing, President Obama announced
specific targets to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent
by 2025, while Chinese President Xi Jinping would only commit to an
effort to start reducing emissions by 2030, a deal hailed as a
“breakthrough” by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Wolf noted that NOAA did not report the cyber-attack to the Commerce
Department’s inspector general, as required by law, until nearly a month
“They didn’t tell anybody. I think they were hoping that people would
not know it and they could cover it up. And they were saying that the
computers were down for a couple of days for maintenance, [so] they were
not telling the truth there.”
“Maybe this [NOAA] thing didn’t come out because they didn’t want to
upset the Chinese because they wanted to go to Beijing and have that
deal. I don’t know that’s the case, but maybe it is the case,” Wolf
speculated, adding that the Obama administration also has “one of the
weakest records on human rights and religious freedom.”
“I don’t think the secretary [of Commerce] knew, and if they’re not
going to tell the secretary, they’re not going to tell Congress,” Wolf
said in reply to a question from CNSNews.com on whether Congress had
been notified of the security breach.
However, he pointed out that the cyber-attack on NOAA may have
affected national security because the weather agency shares a satellite
with the Pentagon and NASA.
“What may not appear important initially may be very significant as
you add it in with something else. If they were looking at what NOAA’s
doing, at rocket launches, at military maneuvers, who knows? What if
they are able to shut down the grid? What if they are able to shut down
the banking system?” he asked.
Wolf also pointed to the Oct. 20 indictment
of Xiafen “Sherry” Chen, a Chinese-born naturalized U.S. citizen and
NOAA hydrologist in Ohio who was accused of downloading “sensitive files
from the National Inventory of Dams.”
Wolf was quick to point out that the Chinese people are also victimized by their government.
“Probably more Chinese dissidents come through this office than any
office on the Hill. The Chinese people are wonderful people,
Christianity is growing dramatically, the Catholic Church is growing, so
I don’t want to criticize the Chinese people,” he added.
problems with their own government. Look at the crackdown taking place
now in Hong Kong.”
“But part of the [Chinese] government is a Mafia operation. So do I
believe what they say when they meet with the president? Do I trust the
Chinese (government)? No, I don’t trust the Chinese,” Wolf said."
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Communist China hackers take whatever they want from the US, have better apparatus than KGB had, no effort in Washington DC to stop them. Obama admin. 'particularly weak' in dealing with Chinese. “If you are a major law firm and you’re working on a trade case with China, they’ll strip your computers,” said Rep. Frank Wolf in 2014. NOAA was hacked by China in 2014, didn't report it until a month later-CNS News
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