Two US congressmen Frank Wolf and Christopher Smith have revealed that their office computers were hacked by hackers from China.
According to the statement released four of Wolf’s Capitol Hill machines were compromised in August 2006.
Wolf a lawmaker from Virgina has introduced a privileged resolution on the House floor calling for greater protection of congressional computer and information systems. The statement tabled with the resolution reads:
Madam Speaker, in August 2006, four of the computers in my personal office were compromised by an outside source. This source first hacked into the computer of my foreign policy and human rights staff person, then the computers of my chief of staff, my legislative director, and my judiciary staff person. On these computers was information about all of the casework I have done on behalf of political dissidents and human rights activists around the world. That kind of information, as well as everything else on my office computers – e-mails, memos, correspondence and district casework – was open for outside eyes to see.
Smith a lawmaker from New Jersey appeared with Wolf at a press conference on Wednesday and said hackers from China took over his computers as well.
Both men have been outspoken critics of China human rights policies. He said:
While this has not been confirmed to me, my own suspicion is I was targeted by China because of my long history of speaking out about China’s abysmal human rights record.
Wolf said he is speaking out about the threat of cyber attacks from China and other countries on the entire U.S. government, including military, because of his deep concern about maintaining the security and integrity of the government.
China has also been accused by India and Belgium over hacking issues. Click here to read more on hacking from China.
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