Cybersecurity company Mandiant Corp. this week published a report on a series of cyberattacks on U.S. companies back to Shanghai. But these reports have been hacked as “>hackers have created a virus infested version of the same report and made it viral. The hackers, however, did not attack Mandiant itself. Chinese Military has straight-out [denied?] declined the fact, though China has been accused previously about hacking into systems in various places and organizations all over the world. [Reuters]
A different report states officials are now more willing than before to call out to China directly. President Obama, however, refrained from stating China’s name, stating “we know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets […] now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems” [Sanger]. China is a crucial supplier AND customer to the U.S. This could be the reason China has never been directly attacked before.
With Mandiant’s report, do you think this accusation would backfire to the U.S. economy? Or to the world?