Report: Russia and China are top thieves of U.S. technology.

Image: americasnewsonline.com For the first time, the United States is…

Image: americasnewsonline.com

For the first time, the United States is publicly accusing China and Russia of being the top offenders in the theft of U.S. economic and technology information, according to an intelligence report released Thursday.

The two countries are “trying to build their economies” on American research and development, said Robert Bryant, the National Counterintelligence Executive whose office wrote the report.
That office is responsible for mounting an integrated national counterintelligence battle against foreign intelligence threats to the United States, according to its website, and must compile such a report every two years.

An unclassified version of the report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage was released Thursday and focused primarily on the exploitation of cyberspace from 2009 to 2011.

“U.S. private sector firms and cybersecurity specialists have reported an onslaught of computer network intrusions that have originated in China,” said the report.

Source: Pam Benson for CNN.

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