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Computer and White Collar Crimes Biggest Threat to U.S.

The nation's top intelligence officer says that cyber crime, rather than terrorism, is the biggest threat to American security. The biggest perpetrators, says the National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, are the Chinese. "Beijing should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities," says Donilon.

President Obama recently signed an executive order designed to improve cyber security and reduce the incidence of computer and white collar crimes. He said, "We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy."

A building in China was recently identified as the origin of thousands of hacks into U.S. businesses and government computer systems. The building allegedly houses a Chinese military unit.

Gen. Keith Alexander of U.S. Cyber Command notes that there have been 140 cyber attacks originating in China in the past six months. And those just the ones we know about. According to Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, China has a massive campaign to steal technology, intellectual property, business practices and commercial strategies from the United States.

The administration is seeking to overcome privacy issues that prevent information sharing about cyber attacks. The analogy used by U.S. officials is the E-Z pass employed on the New Jersey Turnpike. The technology keeps track of those who go through toll stations. The government seeks to implement something similar for Internet users so it is will be easier to trace the location of cyber criminals.

Source:, "Cyber crime top threat to U.S.," Mar. 20, 2013.

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