Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NOAA Weather Employee May be Part of FBI Probe of Chinese Hacking

A federal weather service employee arrested and charged last year with stealing sensitive information from a federal database for the nation's dams and lying about the breach to federal agents may be part of a wide-ranging FBI probe of Chinese economic and other forms of espionage.

The FBI probe into China’s involvement in the case adds fodder to the growing fear that China could carry out a cyber attack on the national electrical power grid, which federal cyber authorities believe China has obtained sensitive information about through hacking and outright espionage, which the Chinese government has engaged in in the United States for decades. For example, classified State Department cables from the late 1980s suggested China had obtained detailed schematics on the US Shuttle design through espionage. 

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