Last weekend, a report by researchers at the Munk Center of the University of Toronto revealed “GhostNet,” a computer espionage virus that had infected around 1,300 computers worldwide–including many “high value” targets where diplomatic and national security information was stored. The attack focused on computers in Southern Asia and offices belonging to the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of China-occupied Tibet. GhostNet-infected machines were controlled by computers located in the People’s Republic. Experts disagree on whether the evidence proves China’s guilt or merely suggests it overwhelmingly.
After the Dalai Lama’s office sent an e-mail invitation to a foreign diplomat, Beijing diplomats happened to phone the same diplomat and discourage the visit. A China-bound traveler who had used the Internet to help put Tibetan exiles in contact with Chinese dissidents was stopped at the Chinese border, shown transcripts of the online exchanges, and warned to cut it out.
The US and China may have have shared interests, but we are not friends, we are not allies. China will use this and all other means at there disposal to further their interests (political and economic).
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