China Has Some U.S. Secrets

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China Has Some U.S. Secrets
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Amid the growing fears of a potential cyber-war between the United States and China, a Chinese university professor is believed to have spied and disclosed US secrets in order to obtain a prestigious position.

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It was reported by The Associated Press that prosecutors accuse Temple University physics professor Xi Xiaoxing in spying and providing U.S. technology secrets to an unknown party, without elaborating on the exact secrets disclosed.

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The Philadelphian university’s professor has pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday and is released on $100,000 bail with surrounding his passport.

The 47-year-old professor is an expert on superconductivity, which is the property of zero electrical resistance in some substances at very low absolute temperatures. Superconductivity is widely used to improve the speed of computer circuits.

Xi Xiaoxing, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in China, remains a faculty member of Temple University, but does not hold a chairman position of the physics department due to his arrest.

Xi’s lawyer, Peter Zeidenberg, who is known for defending the Chinese in spying cases against the U.S., said the professor will be exonerated.

However, the question remains: what kind of secretive ‘US technology’ information was ‘shared’ by the professor, potentially with the Chinese government? Were these technology secrets somehow related to the U.S. military intelligence?

And the main question is why did the U.S. accuse the Chinese professor of spying at this precise point in time? Is that somehow connected with the recent breach of the U.S. computer networks, in which U.S. officials point blank accused China?

Or is just a U.S. way of saying “We know where your Chinese spies are, so back off a little”?

US vs China Cyber War Begins?

As it was reported by ValueWalk, the recent breach at the Office of Personnel Management included stealing identifying information of as many as 4 million federal workers. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement, saying that data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised.

“The FBI is conducting an investigation to identify how and why this occurred,” the statement said.

The FBI suspects that hackers based in China are responsible for the breach, which is considered the most critical breach of federal employee data in recent years. The FBI was not alone in identifying the Chinese as being behind the cyber-attacks. Many U.S. officials and lawmakers also reminded of a great number of previous government hacks coming from Beijing.

However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry neither confirmed nor denied the accusations about China’s involvement in the cyber-attack.

Experts believe that by carrying out such a cyber-attack, the Chinese may be trying to improve how they spy on U.S. government.

The cyber-attack was most likely aimed at gathering intelligence of US federal employees and assessing their access levels to the government. This is the exact kind of a foreign power ‘invasion’ every U.S. official is worried about.

However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that it would extremely difficult to prove who was behind the breach. “Without the thorough investigation, you jump to a conclusion so quickly. We think it is not scientific and is irresponsible,” he told NBC.

Speaking at a briefing on Friday, Lei also said that China has nothing to do with the cyber-attacks and opposes all forms of it. “We hope the U.S. side will shed its suspicions,” he stated and added that China itself is also a victim of cyber-attacks.

China could turn OPM employees into spies

The foreign power that is behind the cyber-attack – which is believed to be China – will likely be trying to use the stolen information for turning the affected employees into spies through bribes or blackmail.

The malware used to carry out the OPM breach was linked to the IP address to a computer server that hosted the Web domain OPMlearning.org. The employees of the government agency clicked on unsuspiciously-looking emails ending in @OPMlearning.org, and became victims of the cyber-attack.

The funny part is that the hackers – Chinese or not – carried out the cyber-attack from a server registered by them and used such false names as Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and James Rhodes.

So the question is: what if the hackers were not Chinese but North Korean? Was it their way of avenging for the Sony Pictures movie that depicted the assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un? However, the North Korean hackers have already avenged for the film-spoof by carrying out a major Sony cyber-attack, which leaked a great number of ‘uncomfortable’ information and emails.

Will the U.S. be able to fight China in Cyber-War?

However, the Chinese are more likely to have conducted the OPM cyber-attack as the US-China relations have been highly adversarial lately due to the ongoing South China Sea debate.

The OPM breach could have been carried out to simply irritate some hot-headed U.S. officials into making bold statements or even actions. However, to what end? It might have been to justify the potential and planned China’s actions regarding the tiny islands of the South China Sea that could lead to a world war.

Or the cyber-attack was intended to keep on accumulating the collected – or stolen, for that matter – secretive information from the U.S.

In any case, the U.S. is able to ‘stand up for itself’ as Washington has probably the largest infrastructure in terms of cyber weapons. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, leaked detailed National Security Agency documents, which lifted the curtain on the gigantic extent of espionage the agency conducts.

This fact alone indicates that in case of a cyber-war between the two countries, Washington would be able to ‘fight’ Beijing, even though the latter beats Washington in many spheres of technology.

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Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.
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  1. The country in question is not the PRC but the PRT, The People’s Republic of Thieves. Isn’t this common knowledge by now that whatever they feel they want will help them they steal instead of creating on their own. Never trust someone from there nor do business with them. Their money isn’t worth it. The money you miss out on just count it as paying to keep them away.

  2. Yeah blame China for the hacking but ask yourself this why would China hack information about useless fat federal employees who are mostly dumb pack who just doodle and wait for his time off. why not ask who are the real cyber criminals, NSA

  3. If China and Japan were to combine together and form a more powerful China, then China would have a much easier time taking over any variety of smaller countries. Of course, this may certainly need at least 10 more years, especially to combine military at the same time as technology advancement. Eventually, this more powerful China will become an overwhelming threat to America. This is exactly what happens in my screenplay titled; “The Last President” by Douglas Paige at; driveme89123yahoocom and asking only $1.7 million.

  4. IT IS TRUE THAT CHINA RAISE RAPIDLY IN TRADES IN GLOBAL COUNTRIES BUT IT IS ALSO TRUTH THAT CHINA’S RISING TRADES BASED ON DUPLICATE PRODUCTS OF BRAND ITEMS BY MASTERMIND ITS IN FIRST WITH THE OEM PRODUCTS ON MASS PRODUCTION WHICH COST VERY LOW PRICES AND THAT TOOL BEAT ALL PRODUCTS FROM WEST,INDIA AND BRAZIL? SO STEP BY STEP PRODUCT TURN IN TO WEAPONS AND HUGE MACHINES!
    ON ABOVE! CYBER HACKING STORIES I DON’T BELIEVE ONLY CHINA BUT I DO BELIEVE ALMOST ALL DEVELOPED OR UNDEVELOPED COUNTRIES ARE INDULGED IN THIS DIRTY PRACTICES DUE TO RAPID EARNINGS! MOST OF THOSE ARE PRIVATE LIKE FREEZONE CITIES AND TRADES HUBS ARE KEY CENTERS WITH ITS TOP HOTELS AND OFFICES LIKE DUBAI,HONG KONG,AND MORE!
    BUT ON GOVERNMENT LEVEL HACKINGS HAVE 2 CATEGORIES ONE LEGAL LIKE USA CHECKING EACH INDIVIDUAL CALL AND EMAILS! AND OTHER ILLEGAL LIKE CHINA AND RUSSIA INDULGED IN DIRTY PRACTICES OF HACKING US’S TOP INDUSTRIES AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DATA? BUT HACKING CAN NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE INFORMER EITHER FORM BANKS OR FROM TOP INDUSTRIES OR FROM GOVERNMENTS! SO USA ALREADY HAVE ONE FUGITIVE WHO CARRIES OUT SECRET INFORMATION EDWARD SNOWDEN! AND HE IS UNDER PROTECTION OF RUSSIA! SO WHAT YOU THINK THAT RUSSIA BEING TOUGH COUNTRY IN SECURITY WILL TREAT HIM JUST AS GUEST? HE MUST HAVE PASSED SOME SOLID AND SECRET INFORMATION TO THEM AND PART OF ITS PASSED TO CHINESE AUTHORITIES WITH RECIPROCAL OR PRIVATE LINK AND THAT IS CAUSING TROUBLE TO US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! DO US HAVE DEVICE OR REMEDY TO PROTECT ALL ITS SECRET AGAINST THIS PARTICULAR SPIES LINK ?

  5. China has a LOT more than just ‘some secrets’. They have been spying, buying and hacking for decades. They got a MASSIVE amount of technical help in exchange for
    money to help Slick Willie and his reelection campaign 2 decades ago. They have been
    buying secrets from politicians and bureaucrats, engaging in industrial espionage and
    hacking networks on a wholesale level for years. There is very little of value left for them
    to steal. History will judge the US VERY harshly for allowing a proven enemy to acquire
    so much information.

  6. When you lost the battle in Ukraine, you accused the Russians of being evil. When you can’t dominate Middle East because of Iran, you accused Iran of being axis of evil, When you can’t compete against the Chinese, you accused the Chinese of stealing.

    Better go and perish if you are so desperate.

  7. Sure, Y ankees murdered and maimed hundreds of millions of innocent people around the globe with impunity for the last 200 years starting from the total annihilation of the American natives to Muslims, Mexicans, Cubans, Panamanians, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Venezuelans, Peruvians, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Iraqis, Libyans, Afghanistan, Syrians, Serbs, Ukrainians, Indonesians and many others.

    And yet, you American have no shame nor moral to feel guilty but to accuse others of being axis of evil. If there is G o d, America should be burned for its heinous crimes against humanity

  8. Sure, Americans murdered and maimed hundreds of millions of innocent people around the globe with impunity for the last 200 years starting from the annihilation of 90% of the American natives to Muslims, Mexicans, Cubans, Panamanians, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Venezuelans, Peruvians, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Iraqis, Libyans, Afghanistan, Syrians, Serbs, Ukrainians, Indonesians and many others.

    And yet, you American have no shame nor moral to feel guilty but to accuse others of being axis of evil. If there is God, America should be burned in hell for its heinous crimes against humanity.

  9. Dam straight, they are the modern axis of evil. Isolate China and N. Korea. Then reunite Korea. Russia must be on board with us, and it’s doable. ALL WE NEED IS LEADERSHIP WITH SOME BRAINS.

  10. Who isn’t sick of the Chinks and their bull shi* ? 1st, a tariff on anything from China sold in the US that competes with our goods. 2nd, a voluntary boycott of Chinese goods will then be much easier when prices are closer. 3rd no web service communications, make it harder on them at least. If we have to disconnect all of Asia, do it. American company’s have got to get cost down and the price down. We need to build our economy back to world prominence by manufacturing like we used to. Time to start exporting more. Greedy American company’s are part of this issue.
    Challenge the gooks on the open sea, while we can. Don’t give an inch to the Chinese military buildup in contested waters. A strong Japan needs to build their Navy to what it once was and keep China busy and at bay. The Philippines need to share the financhial burden of their protection from China too. Time to make Russia an alley and isolate China and their little rat stepchild North Korea. I hate to stump for republicans but enough is enough.

  11. If found guilty, the people who allowed this scientist to attain a position where top secret information is available should be put in a prison cell next to him.

  12. No? USA this huge democratic country put some body in jail? No I cant believe that!!!! IN Hollywood movies American way of life is not as that…..

  13. Not only United State. They also steal from the Russian, European and Israel. What so funny that the Chinese Government not only protecting but also by law. You can not trust the government and the people…..

  14. I think it’s safe to say that we’re engaged in the same activity lol. I don’t know why ANY country denies doing anything they can to gain an edge over everyone else. It’s been going on since the dawn of mankind.

  15. China Steals USA’s secrets every Day and has since before 1959 look it up! it’s wide known as our leaders party with the RReds Communists and Russia,, sick! Tusugami’s Replace Brown Sharp AutoScrew manufacturing 1959..

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