Edward Snowden: US Government Has Been Hacking Hong Kong & China Since 2009

NSA PRISMGate whistle-blower Edward Snowden isn’t finished yet, as the former CIA operative has made explosive new claims against the global US police state Thursday, revealing evidence to the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview Thursday that the US government has been hacking Hong Kong and Chinese computer networks since 2009.

 

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As the SCMP reports, Snowden specifically chose Hong Kong as the location and platform to reveal criminality in the US gov’t, stating that the PRISM program he exposed last week extends to Hong Kong and mainland China:

“People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice, I am here to reveal criminality,” he said.

Snowden said that according to unverified documents seen by the Post, the NSA had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009.


Snowden provided new details in exactly how the NSA hacks into Chinese systems- through massive network backbones, allowing the stasi to hack into hundreds of thousands of computers at a time:

One of the targets in the SAR, according to Snowden, was Chinese University and public officials, businesses and students in the city. The documents also point to hacking activity by the NSA against mainland targets.

Snowden believed there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, with hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and on the mainland.

“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” he said.

“Last week the American government happily operated in the shadows with no respect for the consent of the governed, but no longer. Every level of society is demanding accountability and oversight.”


We can’t wait to see China’s response to the news that the US government has been routinely hacking and monitoring (likely all) Chinese communications since 2009.

 

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  1. This revelation of unlawful activities is not meant for China or for Hong Kong.  Their governments already know what’s been happening.  This revelation is meant to wake up the American people from slumber and complacency…

    • There are no virgins out there anymore.  EVERYONE knows that they are spying on everyone else and that they are, in turn, being spied upon.  We don’t need to feel all that special here in the US of A.  What goes around, comes around… and usually in spades.  Orwell was an optimist.
       

    • I wonder how you would feel or think if you actually were a Chinese citizen where there is absolutely 0 civil society and mere words get sent to political prisons for decades. Christians were the most harshly persecuted people in China during the Cultural Revolution. 
      As a foreigner in China, your computer, cell phone, and entire lifestyle is hacked regardless of who you are when you enter the country. You are followed for days and weeks if you attempt to join a church that is not the state sanctioned 3Self church. How would that make you feel? At least Mohammed Atta had the peace of mind to walk freely and learn how to fly an airplane? Right? 
      If you think it is better anywhere else in the world, then I suggest people start moving there, because no matter where you move, you are going to be watched, monitored, or hacked; and it will be to a much worse degree in china, a country that has never known individual liberty or universal rights. 
      There is no doubt that what happened after Sept 11 we traded a little freedom for security. All I am saying is that this subject is more complex than just simple tradeoffs. Without the boost in technological capabilities, China will continue to steal $200-$300 Billion a year in intellectual property and continue to steal TOP Secret military information on weapons programs, and private financial information from hedge funds and banks. 

      Damned if you stop prism, damned if you don’t type of world, eh.

  2. GOOD! I am glad we have been hacking them. I hope we send them STUXNET 3.0. They steal $200-$300 Billion of Intellectual property a year from american companies, according to Jon Huntsman’s analysis, the former Ambassador to China. There is literally no, net benefit of sending jobs overseas, because the value saved on labor gets ripped off anyways.

    They hacked into both the DNC and GOP’s personal computers in 2008, as well as stole billions of TOP SECRET classified data and information from the Pentagon about our F-22, and other advanced missiles and vehicles. 

    I hope we hack and let them know that we are not to be messed with. You don’t get by in this world by just pretending the Chinese, Iranians, Pakistani, Russian, and even Indians won’t hack you. If you know one thing, the Chinese think they are the rightful heirs to the world superpower because they were once the most powerful. The Chinese only care about Rich/poor and Strong vs Weak paradigms. They don’t have the luxury of 1000s of years of Judeo-Christian culture and influence. 

    I am not trying to make a harsh judgement, this is just the truth. They isolated themselves from the rest of the world and avoided most other cultural influences other than Buddhism and Islamism, so now their prima facie atheist communist CCP members have amassed so much wealth in China for themselves and their family it is reprehensible. If you are opening a business in China, you must give a bribe to the local municipal authorities. If you are getting your driver’s license, you must pay of the driving instructor and give him “gifts”, not looked at as bribes in their culture. They give the best jobs to their friends and family to run the largest State Operated Enterprises. 

    The chinese are good at hacking, but we have the best minds and the best technology to completely shut down their hacking capabilities along with the Israelis.
    To give you an idea since I lived there, there are 2 types of circles in china. Each person has 1 inner circle which includes their family and very best of best friends. The golden rule of love thy neighbor as yourself extends to this circle. Then there is an outer circle, which everyone else belongs to and it is morally permissible to literally do anything for gain and self-improvement to the detriment of this circle. 

    That is why China’s economic growth, while impressive, has come at great environmental cost. With that said, the Chinese are still not our enemies, nor are they our friends. We must do more to cooperate with each other, but its time to get a Reagan or a Nixon in office who can wear big boy pants and do what we have to, to protect national secrets and assets. 

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