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Our best frenemy

When it comes to global cyberthreats, you could say there’s the whole rest of the world, and then there’s China. The victims of Chinese hacking cover every sector of the U.S. economy, from banks and tech firms to energy giants and government agencies.

Chinese hackers have been linked to the theft of 80 million Social Security numbers from the insurer Anthem, and most likely lifted the sensitive security clearance information on nearly 20 million Americans stored by the Office of Personnel Management. China allegedly stole plans for the F-35 fighter jet from Lockheed Martin, and analysts believe that the newest version of the Chinese military’s J-31 fighter jet, manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, incorporates some of what they learned.

FBI Director James Comey declared on “60 Minutes” last year that there are “two kinds of big companies in the United States…those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.”

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