Posted on 18th Apr 2012 @ 1:16 PM
Richard Clarke is the former head of the Bureau of US Counterterrorism, so he knows what he is talking about when it comes to safety and security. He worked through three presidential administrations: President George H.W Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush. He gained much notoriety for warning us that Al-Qaeda was planning some sort of large scale attack on the United States before the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. His actions have earned him the reputation of a sharpshooter, one who can always pinpoint what, when, and where something is going to happen. And now, according to him, we are all vulnerable and open to attack from Chinese hackers. He says that every electronic device made in China, from our iPods to our computers and everything else you can think of, was intentionally made with a loophole that would allow for hacking.
He says that literally every electronic device that is manufactured in China is vulnerable; that includes our phones, both cell phone and home phone, our computers, TVs, iPods and other Mp3 players, nearly everything. His claims sound like something out of the plot of the latest spy thriller, but he says he is certain of what he claims, and has the evidence to prove it.
“I'm about to say something that people think is an exaggeration, but I think the evidence is pretty strong. Every major company in the United States has already been penetrated by China.”
Clarke also believes that Chinese hackers have already managed to hack into the mainframes of several major US companies, such as Microsoft and Boeing, and are currently in the process of stealing company information for their personal uses. According to his claims, the Chinese are using this information to gain a tactical edge on Western competition and boost their own sales and economy. Is that even fathomable, or is it just the ranting of a paranoid man? It could go either way, but it is known for sure the Google experienced such a hack two years ago, though they went on to deny it ever happened. When the hacking broke international news, the Chinese government immediately denied any kind of involvement. It should also be noted that China recently unveiled its own national search engine similar to Google, and it has already skyrocketed in popularity.
But perhaps he's really just exaggerating. After all, the MIT graduate and former head of US counterterrorism under Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush now runs his own cyber security company—Good Harbor. He also published a book called Cyber War, in which he details all these threats.
Clarke was very critical with the last Bush administration. He continued to gain notoriety for his outbursts and commentary after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. He would go on to say that the American government had failed its own people.
So who knows? All this could be a way to stir the pot and funnel some money into his business. Or, like with 9/11, he may be right.