Monday, August 27, 2007, 8/27/2007 07:46:00 AM

Chinese Economic Espionage on the German Government

More of our coverage on the never-ending saga of Chinese economic espionage, this time from the Times (of London), a story about the Chinese hacking their way into German government computers, specifically at the Chancellery and three other ministries.

If true, it's not going to help German-Chinese relations, especially while German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is in Beijing.

According to the story:

Investigators caution that businessmen should not leave their laptop computers in hotel rooms while at official functions because of the risk of data theft. And all information transferred from China to German corporate headquarters should be encoded. “I have become really worried about Chinese espionage in the technology area,” says Hartmut Schauerte, parliamentary minister in the Economics Ministry and a China specialist.
The suspicions are now so deep that the motives of Chinese researchers at German universities are being questioned. Yesterday the Chinese Embassy in Berlin described the accusation of state-steered hacking as “irresponsible speculation without a shred of evidence”.
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