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China Declares Digital War

China Declares Digital War
October 24
18:55 2018

Rumor has it down on Conspiracy Street that China has infiltrated the United States and plans to topple our democratic republic. Everybody is talking about alleged Russian political interference, but nobody seems to care that the Chinese are creating a totalitarian surveillance state in plain view for their own citizens. What plans might the Chinese have for the rest of the world?

One clue lies in China’s Global Information and Influence Campaign which has “radically overhauled and expanded” their “state-backed global information strategy” since 2013 in order to “wield greater influence within other states’ political systems and societies.”

The government of China’s leader Xi Jinping “is ramping up cultural and educational soft power efforts, boosting aid programming, upgrading efforts to influence politicians and political parties in other countries, and taking a more assertive approach to shaping global narratives about China and about China’s developmental model.”

One of the foreign countries targeted by China is the United States.

On September 26, 2018, President Donald Trump, speaking as chair of the UN security council, read from a prepared statement:

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming [November] 2018 election, against my administration. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election.”

As proof, Trump cited a four-page advertising insert in the Des Moines Register, funded openly by the state-operated China Daily newspaper. The ad lobbied against Trump’s trade tariffs. Iowa is expected to have a close and heated state congressional race, and the president accused China of influence peddling to serve their own interests:

“They don’t want me, or us, to win because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade,” Trump said.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi countered what he called Trump’s “unwarranted accusations” by claiming:

“China has all along followed the principle of non-interference. We did not and will not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China.”

Well, really, what else could Yi say in front of the entire world when faced with an unexpected charge before the UN assembly? But was he telling to truth?

Not even close. The U.S. intelligence community was shaken up three years ago by a shocking computer hack that has been kept secret from the general public.

In 2015, an Amazon startup company based in Portland, Oregon named Elemental Technologies developed a new streaming video service that became what we know today as Amazon Prime Video. The new software compressed large video files and formatted them for various devices. It worked very well and was used to stream “the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Elemental Technologies (ET) had national security contracts in line with Amazon’s government businesses. Did you know that the CIA ordered the highly secure cloud provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

To ensure due diligence, a third-party company was hired to perform security audits on ET’s internal network and commercial services. Alarms were raised on the first pass that warranted a closer second inspection of “the expensive servers that customers installed in their networks to handle the video compression.”

A company in San Jose, California, Super Micro Computer Inc., assembled the servers. Supermicro is “one of the world’s biggest suppliers of server motherboards, the fiberglass-mounted clusters of chips and capacitors that act as the neurons of data centers large and small.”

ET staffers shipped several servers to Ontario, Canada, for further analysis by the third-party security auditor. Lo and behold:

“The testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design.”

Parent company Amazon promptly reported the intruder chip to U.S. officials. The news created grave concern because “Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships.”

Since discovering the Chinese server hack in 2015, the U.S. federal investigation continues. We do know that the microchip created “a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines.” This is so not good.

Insiders claim that the chips were added at “factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China” by “operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army.”

Chinese spies used Supermicro products as mules to smuggle surveillance equipment into high-ranking U.S. government agencies and corporations, executing the “most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.”

U.S. investigators concluded that nearly 30 companies were compromised by the Chinese stealth chip, “including a major bank, government contractors, and the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc. Apple was an important Supermicro customer and had planned to order more than 30,000 of its servers in two years for a new global network of data centers.”

On October 4, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning that “a hacker group linked to the Chinese government has launched attacks on American and European technology service providers to steal data.”

Later that day, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence responded to the DHS warning while supporting Trump’s UN accusations against China. Pence made these keynotes:

China now spends as much on its military as the rest of Asia combined.

Beijing has prioritized capabilities to erode America’s military advantages on land, at sea, in the air, and in space.

China wants nothing less than to push the United States of America from the Western Pacific and attempt to prevent us from coming to the aid of our allies.

Beijing has deployed advanced anti-ship and anti-air missiles atop an archipelago of military bases constructed on artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Pence also revisited the aggressive incident that happened recently when “a Chinese naval vessel came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur as it conducted freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, forcing our ship to quickly maneuver to avoid collision.”

The U.S. VP mentioned China’s “unparalleled surveillance state” and the “Great Firewall of China,” aided and abetted by Google.
Pence went on to say:

“And by 2020, China’s rulers aim to implement an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life — the so-called ‘Social Credit Score.'”

According to Pence, “the United States wants Beijing to pursue trade policies that are free, fair, and reciprocal.” But the Chinese government isn’t playing along – in fact, they are working proactively toward toppling the Trump administration:

“In response to the strong stand that President Trump has taken, Beijing is pursuing a comprehensive and coordinated campaign to undermine support for the President, our agenda, and our nation’s most cherished ideals.”

VP Pence leveled some very serious accusations against the Chinese leaders:

“The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials.

“And worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections. To put it bluntly, President Trump’s leadership is working; and China wants a different American President.”

China is using multiple tactics – influence peddling, media meddling, and computer hack attacks, to name a few – to bring down the United States of America.

Pence concluded his remarks about China by restating the U.S. resolve for fair treatment and suggesting that the Chinese change their evil ways:

“The President has made clear, we want a constructive relationship with Beijing where our prosperity and security grow together, not apart. While Beijing has been moving further away from this vision, China’s rulers can still change course and return to the spirit of reform and opening that characterize the beginning of this relationship decades ago. The American people want nothing more; and the Chinese people deserve nothing less.”

We are not holding our breath that China will stop being a despotic regime any time soon. Much more likely is that tech giants, both foreign and domestic, will consider to arm China against the U.S.

No matter how “iffy” the further future looks, in the near future, it seems doubtful that Chinese interference in the U.S. 2018 midterm elections will be successful in swaying votes away from GOP candidates. Although the Chinese may have to submit to government propaganda and social control with a high-tech police state, Americans (thank the deity of your choice) can still think for ourselves.
Expect our decision on the first Tuesday in November.

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