According to recent analysis by computer industry security experts and American officials, the Chinese government has re-activated its intense computer hacking program, aimed at stealing proprietary data from American companies and government agencies - including those with significant access to our power grid.
This is nothing new. We've known about this for many years now. But what have we done about it?
Well, aside from a lot of complaining, not much. Meanwhile, companies in the United States continue to trade with China to the tune of over $500 billion each year.
Successfully crippling our nation's computers - especially those that control our power grid and financial institutions - would make all previous terrorist attacks look like child's play in comparison. So why do we maintain a trade relationship with a country trying to do just that?
Well, since China holds such a large part of our nation's debt, imposing a trade embargo would constitute financial suicide. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to pursue every other possible means of ending this reckless behavior. Whether it's developing superior counter-technology, intensifying diplomacy efforts or something else entirely, it's critical that neutralizing this cyber-threat should be high on America's list of priorities.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View