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Cyber Espionage: The Chinese Threat 1. What are cyberespionage groups stealing from the United States? Cyberespionage groups are stealing information to use for their own economic advantage. They are stealing intellectual properties, trade secrets, military secrets, valuable data, and secrets of America’s business as well. 2. What does the video claim is the evidence these attacks are coming from China? Is this believable? Shields tracked the hackers’ IP addresses which originated in Asia. Late in 2008 he investigated the CEO’s internet activity, and he noticed that his browsing activity had traffic to Beijing and this type of activity was not common. It convinced him that the hackers were coming from China. Then he sent a 14 page letter to the CEO about the Chinese being still in the Nortel network. A very little Chinese telecommunications company called Huawei was on the rise at the same time Nortel was going through bankruptcy. I think this information is believable since he has physical evidence like the internet tracking history and also the circumstantial evidence of Huawei on the rise while Nortel was failing. 3. What does Adam Siegel in the video claim is the motivation of the Chinese government for conducting cyberespionage against the United States? Adam Siegel in the video claims that the motivation of the Chinese government for conducting cyberespionage against the United States is that China suffered colonialism and bullying from the big powers so they want to make sure that they are not depending on the West for critical technologies. He also says that China’s biggest fear is falling behind technologically and watching its economic growth slow as a result. China wants to move from “Made in China” to “Innovate it or Invent it in China.” 4. Why didn’t Nortel management take the Chinese threat seriously? Why do various contributors in the video claim that American management does not take the problem seriously? I think the leadership of the organization didn’t take it seriously because they didn’t understand the danger of the Chinese cyber threat. They were more focused on current business difficulties rather than the cyber threat that didn’t seem to harm their business performance immediately. In the long run it contributed to the company filing for bankruptcy. 5. The video claims the attacks on American corporate and military computer systems are increasingly sophisticated. Do you believe this is true?
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