US warns that Chinese government is using 'wide variety' of methods, some illegal, to steal trade secrets

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Oct 22, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

The Chinese government’s aggressive push to dominate emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biotechnology make Beijing the “primary strategic competitor” to the U.S., the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said in a notice published Friday.

The threat from the Chinese government with respect to these technologies is particularly threatening to U.S. national security because of its “well-resourced and comprehensive strategy,” which employs “a wide variety of legal, quasi-legal, and illegal methods” in pursuit of both technology transfers and intelligence gathering, the notice warned.

This information transfer takes place in the shadows—through traditional intelligence activities, intellectual property theft, co-opted insiders, front companies—but also through less overtly nefarious activity such as science and technology investments, academic collaboration, mergers and acquisitions, and legal and regulatory actions, according to the NCSC.

The notice urged companies take steps to protect their “crown jewels,” with such measures as scrutinizing suppliers, partners, and investors, strengthening insider threat programs, and strengthening cyber security and hygiene. It urged individuals in these areas to beware of phishing attempts, and to better understand talent-recruitment objectives and methods.

Tension between the U.S. and China related to technology competition is

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