[ISN] U.S. spy agencies to detail cyber-attacks from abroad

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 03:32:22 -0600 (CST)

By Ken Dilanian
Washington Bureau
The Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of 
its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from 
abroad, including an attempt to calculate U.S. financial losses from 
hacker attacks based in China, officials said.

The National Intelligence Estimate, the first involving cyber-espionage, 
also will seek to determine how large a role the Chinese government 
plays in directing or coordinating digital attacks aimed at stealing 
U.S. intellectual property, according to officials who spoke on the 
condition of anonymity to discuss a classified undertaking.

The Pentagon requested the estimate more than a year ago, and it sparked 
a broad review of evidence and analysis from the 17 U.S. intelligence 
agencies. The document has been submitted to the National Intelligence 
Council, which coordinates such efforts, but it was unclear whether the 
council had reached or approved final conclusions. The study is expected 
to be given to policymakers early next year.

U.S. intelligence agencies monitor daily digital assaults from hackers 
based in China who seek to steal intellectual property from American and 
other Western companies, current and former intelligence officials said. 
Intelligence analysts disagree over the extent to which the intrusions 
are organized by Chinese authorities, but the CIA and National Security 
Agency have traced cyber-attacks and thefts to Chinese military and 
intelligence agencies.


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