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WHABAM! Chinese Whiz Kid Exposes Govt. Hacking Andy Wong/AP, file

Chinese Whiz Kid Exposes Govt. Hacking

A 25-year-old “whiz kid” and government hacker in China is providing a sneak peak into the highly secretive hacking establishment of the Chinese military—one of the most sophisticated in the world. Wang, as the young man is known, details the “prisonlike conditions” of his job on a blog he named Prison Break, after his favorite American TV show. Led by the People's Liberation Army, the hacking unit is run like a government agency, with employees paid little, forced to wear uniforms, and monitored almost constantly. The intimate look at China’s hacking program comes as U.S. concerns about cyber-espionage have reached a new high. Officials claimed Tuesday that cyber-attacks are now more of a threat to America’s security than al Qaeda. 

March 13, 2013 10:51 AM