February 11, 2020
Oh so now Chinese hackers.
Who could have predicted this?
The Chinese government has flatly denied — again — any suggestion that its operatives are conducting cyberattacks or espionage in the United States, following the Justice Department’s move to charge four members of the Chinese military with a 2017 hack of the Equifax credit reporting agency.
The massive data breach compromised the personal information, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, of about 145 million people — or nearly half of all Americans.
Prosecutors alleged in a nine-count indictment filed Monday in federal court in Atlanta that four members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hacked into Equifax’s systems. They are accused of stealing the personal data as well as company trade secrets in what Attorney General William P. Barr called “a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people.”
Asked about the allegations in Beijing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded with a staunch denial.
“We firmly oppose and combat cyberattacks of any kind. China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity,” he told journalists during a briefing conducted over the WeChat social media app because the coronavirus makes it dangerous to congregate.
“The Chinese government, military and relevant personnel never engage in cybertheft of trade secrets,” he wrote.
Accusing people of hacking is like accusing them of witchcraft. There is no way to prove it and no way to disprove it, so you simply have to take the word of the priests that this is going on.
And that analogy is absolute. This is exactly what is going on. It is a modern version of witchcraft in every way. No one could understand witchcraft, so they had to trust the priest that it was going on. Just so, no one understands hacking, and just has to trust the priestly intelligence class that it is happening.
Furthermore, accusations of witchcraft could be true. Just like accusations of hacking could be true. But no one knows either way and anyone can be accused of it and there isn’t any defense from such accusations.
Presumably, every government hacks every other country, simply because it can never be proven, so why wouldn’t they?
But the US was the first country to just start using this witchcraft insinuation as a core element of its foreign and domestic policy.
This is a completely irresponsible way to run a country.