House of Representatives v China

Thanks to one of my colleagues for pointing out Lawmaker says Chinese hacked Capitol computers:

By PETE YOST and LARA JAKES JORDAN – 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressman said Wednesday the FBI has found that four of his government computers have been hacked by sources working out of China.

Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said that similar incidents — also originating from China — have taken place on computers of other members of the House and at least one House committee.

A spokesman for Wolf said the four computers in his office were being used by staff members working on human rights issues and that the hacking began in August 2006. Wolf is a longtime critic of the Chinese government's human rights record.

The congressman suggested the problem probably goes further. "If it's been done in the House, don't you think that they're doing the same thing in the Senate?" he asked.

For a record of others hacked by China, see my earlier posts.


Just for the arguments sake, and not to challenge their claim, I would like to point out that there is no data shown in support of the claim.

I've meet sales reps who would claim that all US is under Chinese surveillance/attacks, simply because a lot of malware originates there. The "attack" might simply be a chance infection.

Similarly, just because the traffic can be tracked to an IP in China, the consumer of the data might be elsewhere.

At the same time, I would not be surprised to learn that it was a deliberate act of espionage. But, unless data is shown, it is FUD to me.

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