Quarter of US firms in China face data theft–lobby

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BEIJING – Over a quarter of the members of a US business lobby in China have experienced data theft, the group said on Friday, after the two powers engaged in a war of words over state-sponsored hacking attacks.

An American Chamber of Commerce in China survey of its members found 26 percent of respondents said “proprietary data or trade secrets have been breached or stolen from their China operations”.

Data theft “poses a substantial obstacle for businesses in China”, the Chamber said in a report.

Most businesses said the threat of data theft was “rising or staying the same”, threatening the development of cloud computing, an emerging technology which has received a major push from the Chinese government, the report said.

Beijing’s foreign ministry, which has repeatedly denied that China engages in hacking, dismissed the report, with spokesman Hong Lei saying: “We oppose the presumption of guilt, without thorough investigation and solid evidence.”

He called on the US to stop “politicizing the trade issue, and hyping cybersecurity issues”.

The report follows a war of words between the world’s two largest economies over cyber-attacks, after a US research company said last month that a Chinese army unit had stolen “hundreds of terabytes” of data, from mostly US firms.

China dismissed the report as “groundless” and said its defense ministry websites were often subject to regular hacking attacks originating in the US.

It also labelled as “biased” a US bill blocking government purchases of information technology equipment “produced, manufactured or assembled” by firms “owned, directed or subsidized by the People’s Republic of China”.

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  • reddfrog

    And you guys believe a lobbyist (a lobbyist!) as long as Kano. Ahahahahahaha! Pathetic colonial minded sheeple. Filipinos are hopeless.

    • laluzcinco

      People should know by now,Chinese are known all over the world for their: 1. Bribery. If this does not work they resort to 2. Copying and 3. Stealing Secret Informations from whomever they can get it to prove that their race is ” Superior ” than those of the other races.They will never admit them but these are Indisputable Facts and they know it.

  • kismaytami

    This is good news that American companies are now starting to realize their big wrong decision of moving their operations in a country whose government spearheads piracy.

  • Ramil Abalon

    you need to return back to PHL rahter than to stay in that deceitful cou ntry…CHINA

  • tolelot

    sa plipinas nga lang na 500 members ng chinese chambers of commerce, mabibilang lang sa daliri ang tamang nagbayad ng buwis.kahit saan ka magpunta na chinese country iisa lang ugali nila.number 1 sila pagdating ng BRIBERY.

  • akramgolteb

    Hindi patas lumaban ang mga kumag na ito. 16 years na ako nagtratrabaho sa China, mahigit 100 kumpanya ka deal ko, parepareho mandaraya at mangugulang. Tulad ng simpleng bagay na pagpila sa airport checkin counters daming sumisingit.
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  • LabkoPinas

    Theft is inherent to China’s government because they have to play catch up with the world after being closed by their myopic communist leaders for a long period of time. As such, we should all be vigilant and never trust China.They will always be like that. Especially because their armies are always worried that their form of government based on tight control could be changed.

    • desi derata

      Chinese are amoral. They steal and cheat and kill their competitors.

      And chinese are a captured people.

  • Hellomr

    Talagang suportado ng Chinese goverment ang pagnanakaw ng mga importateng bagay
    Na puede nilang kopyahin. Akong nag trabaho ng two yrs sa Beijing at iong mga local Chinese ay hindi puede mong pagbawalan maghalungkat sa inyong opisina.

    Kaya ang china wala silang original lahat ng Gawa nila ay kopya lamang…..itong mga us company naging greedy sa china dahil malaki population at malaki ang market pero sa huli lahat ng sekreto ay makokopya ng china…..at sa bandang huli maiimprove ng china ang mga technogy na nakopya niya at sila ang panalo sa huli….

  • tarikan

    Balik na laang kayo sa Pinas, US companies. Never mind these communist activists shouting “go home imperialist multi-nationals”. Mga gutom na ang mga iyon dahil nag-alisan kayo, nawalan ng mga trabaho. Kaya balik na laang kayo, magbe-behave na sila. Kita nyo sa China binaba-boy na kayo diyan, mga ba-boy kasi ang mga iyan.

  • http://twitter.com/jakusa8888 PETER LIM

    Why blame China, when every company is USA are trying to steal data from each other. Hellooo!!!

    • Hellomr

      Trabaho ng Chinese ang mangopya ng data at ito ay may reward sa Chinese goverment.

    • desi derata

      Whoever steals somebody’s property is a crook.

      Name names of the American companies and tell us if it was not penalized in breaking the law. Piracy is so blatant in China and apparently with the support of the chinese government.

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