Friday, June 15, 2007, 6/15/2007 12:33:00 PM

U.S. General Accuses China of Trying to Be The World Cyberpower - Theft of Trade Secrets Alleged

By Todd is reporting that a U.S. Air Force General has identified China's desire to be the world's "cyberpower" - and accuses China of utilizing a concerted cyber-espionage strategy in order to get there.

Lt. General Robert Elder is quoted as attributing the espionage to a mix of criminals, hackers and "nation-state" forces. Virtually all potential U.S. foes also were scanning U.S. networks for trade and defense secrets, he added.

General Elder reserved a slight for North Korea, however. "Everyone but North Korea," he said. "We've concluded that there must be only one laptop in all of North Korea--and that guy's not allowed to scan" overseas networks, Elder said.

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