Benjamin Bishop, a defense contractor with top secret clearance, was arrested on March 15 for passing on state secrets to a 27-year-old Chinese spy. The severe breach in national security shows that beyond losing information via Chinese hackers, more traditional methods of espionage, such as the “honey pot,” are continuing to take their toll.
Mr. Bishop was compromised when he met the young woman during a conference on international military defense issues. The name of the woman has not been released, but is referred to as “Person 1.” What is known is that Person 1 was living in Hawaii on a student visa, and was most likely at the military meeting to target people such as Mr. Bishop, who have access to classified information.
This latest breach of security is just one more of a recent string of breaches that have come through Chinese spies. The breaches come at a time when considerable attention is being placed on the hacking that is targeting U.S. corporations across the country. Disrupting and stealing secrets from U.S. businesses has become commonplace today. The problem of hackers from China has exposed America’s “Achilles heel.” Yet we can’t forget that there is more than one way China can steal U.S. secrets, destroy American competitive advantage, and reverse engineer America’s technology.
On Nov. 8, 2009, 58-year-old Ko-Suen Moo was arrested for attempting to purchase an F-16 jet engine and cruise missiles. Mr. Moo was a representative for Lockheed Martin in Taiwan for 10 years. Before his arrest he also attempted to buy 70 Blackhawk helicopter engines. He pleaded guilty to being a covert Chinese agent, conspiring to broker and export U.S. defense items, and attempting to pay a $500,000 bribe to be released from custody.
When China gets a hold on American technology, it is quick to try to reverse engineer it. This saves China the hassle of developing its own technology. It can just recreate what America has spent billions of dollars to design.
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