“All the signs point to China,” Vanity Fair quoted James A. Lewis, director and senior fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as saying.
Just during the past week a report from the CIA-affiliated Open Source Center found there were close ties between the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. and China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), which the Washington Times refers to as China's "KGB-like intelligence service."
The company's chairwoman, Sun Yafang worked for the MSS before joining Huawei, according to the report, was instrumental in getting MSS to help fund Huawei when it was founded in 1987, and recently paid Huawei $228.2 million for research and development work during the past three years.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission – an 11-year-old investigatory and oversight group established by Congress to keep track of relations between the two countries – issued a similar report in January describing deep connections and cooperation between China's telecommunications industry and its intelligence services.
"Beijing is waging a massive trade war on us all, and we should band together to pressure them to stop," according to Mike Rogers, (R.-Mich.), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee, said during a committee hearing on cybersecurity Oct. 4. "China's economic espionage has reached an intolerable level and I believe that the United States and our allies in Europe and Asia have an obligation to confront Beijing and demand that they put a stop to this piracy."