Report: Chinese Hackers Breached Hundreds of Networks Globally

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The Facts

  • On Thursday, cybersecurity firm Mandiant claimed in an emailed statement that Chinese hackers — believed to be state-supported — have broken into the networks of hundreds of public and private sector organizations globally.

  • Mandiant, which was hired by Barracuda Networks, concluded that a security flaw in the company's email security gear was exploited to compromise hundreds of companies and organizations.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

Public-private collaboration is essential for the US to fight off rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats from the likes of China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Minimum cybersecurity standards across the sectors must be developed, alongside an acceptance that the issue will remain a continuous conflict and evolution of danger and defense.

Pro-China narrative

The US is projecting its own crimes onto China as it uses the veil of "national interests" to conduct surveillance and attack the rest of the world. These types of accusations are nothing more than an excuse to justify Washington's flagrant sanctions on Chinese and other foreign tech companies with the intent of maintaining its global dominance.

Nerd narrative

There is a 15% chance of a US-China war before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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