CHINA/USA - Finger Pointing on Hacking

Arno Froese

China has accused the United States of mounting cyberattacks against Chinese government, scientific, aviation and other technical institutions for the past 11 years.

The finger-pointing comes the day after the U.S. mounted similar accusations against China, an exchange of blame which threatens to make cybersecurity another rift in an already-fractious U.S.-China relationship.

Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, countered that the U.S. launches the greatest number of cyberattacks around the world each year, citing a 2020 report of Chinese internet security firm 360 that supposedly fingered the Central Intelligence Agency as the culprit behind the hackings of key Chinese companies and government institutions for more than a decade. 

The U.S. Justice Department also charged four Chinese citizens from China’s secretive ministry of state security who are alleged to have hacked into the computer networks of dozens of companies, universities and government entities. 

This March, Microsoft reported that at least 30,000 customers were affected by a hack that allowed outsiders to access the firm’s email and calendar service through a software loophole previously unknown to the company. Volexity, the cybersecurity firm that first discovered the Exchange breach, and Microsoft concluded the attacks originated from China and appeared to be state-sponsored.

Most recently, Tesla has come under pressure from Chinese regulators who were concerned that the American company’s battery-powered cars could utilize the hundreds of cameras and sensors arrayed on the vehicle for espionage. This April, Tesla said it would build a new data center in China to store data from vehicles sold on the mainland.

Newly-empowered regulators launched a sweeping investigation into Chinese ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing only days after the company went public in New York, citing concerns that the platform could expose real-time location information and passenger records to American securities regulators. 

-www.npr.org, 20 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

Welcome to the cyber-world. What was unthinkable only a century ago is now an alarming fact. Wars are being fought, not with military weapons but over the Internet—invisible, ignoring sovereign borders, languages, culture, you name it. But as this article and many others clearly show, cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous and very profitable for the hackers. CNBC reports:

In 2020, the total amount of ransom paid by cyberattack victims reached nearly $350 million worth of cryptocurrency, a 311% increase compared with the previous year.

Ransomware has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry with a majority of the ransom shared among a relatively small number of highly organized groups of criminals with names such as Evil Corp. or DarkSide.

-www.cnbc.com, 10 June 2021

Obviously, this is only the beginning. To effectively fight criminal elements or national entities, a global taskforce will have to be established with subsequent enforcement powers to control such illegal activity.

Again, welcome to the new world; welcome to globalism; welcome to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in progress, which clearly states that all the world will worship the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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