China has enough data to build intelligence dossiers on every American adult.
During a recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, former deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger shared serious concerns about the treasure trove of data China has stolen in recent cyberattacks. Pottinger says China has enough data to “influence and intimidate, reward and blackmail, flatter and humiliate, divide and conquer” nearly all American citizens.
“Assembling dossiers on people has always been a feature of Leninist regimes but Beijing’s penetration of digital networks worldwide has taken this to a new level,” Pottinger told the committee. “Beijing has stolen sensitive data sufficient to build a dossier on every American adult — and on many of our children too.”
China has been identified as the country behind several malicious cyberattacks in the U.S., one of the biggest being the attack on Microsoft’s Exchange mail servers. The state-sponsored attack affected more than 30,000 organizations – including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments.
The Biden administration has done little more than condemn China. And while Beijing gets off with a slap on the wrist, Moscow was met with sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats after Russia’s attack on Texas-based company SolarWinds. 100 companies and a dozen government agencies were affected – including Microsoft, Intel, and the Pentagon.
We can no longer afford to be soft on China.
William Evanina, Trump’s director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, also testified before the committee, saying “the existential threat our nation faces from the Communist Party of China is the most complex, pernicious, strategic, and aggressive our nation has ever faced.”