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Uncle Sam shares blame for Chinese espionage

Paul F. Roberts | May 14, 2013
Cyber espionage from China is at the top of the U.S.'s grievance list. But Pentagon brass and official Washington dithered for more than a decade while attacks mounted.

And yet, QinetiQ continues to win government contracts, including, perversely, a 2010 Pentagon grant on methods for countering cyber espionage (one thing th company is clearly not good at) and a $4.7m contract, issued in May 2012, to provide cyber security services to the U.S. Transportation Department, Bloomberg noted.

You'll be happy to know that things are moving in the right direction, though. Stinging from the Bloomberg report, the Pentagon responded. A spokesman told reporters on Tuesday that investigators were "working very closely with QinetiQ to determine exactly the scope and breadth of this incident."

The Pentagon retracted the statement later in the day, saying that the DoD isn't "in a position to investigate the security practices of a private company -- including cleared defense contractors." Progress indeed.

 

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