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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:32

US tech companies need a good spanking

Written by Nick Farrell

China calls for pawn punishment

Chinese state media has called for an end to technology pawn which is not as interesting as is sounds. The country’s state media wants Google, Apple and other US technology companies, which it claims are pawns of the US security service for monitoring China and stealing secrets.

Apparently the Chinese are enjoying their moment after being blamed for hacking into US companies and government departments for years, only to find that the Americans were doing much worse to them. Chinese media have repeatedly attacked American tech companies for aiding the U.S. government's cyber espionage since U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed widespread spying programs including PRISM.But today the People’s Daily claimed that US companies such as Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft and Facebook threaten the cyber-security of China and its Internet users.Chinese state-owned firms have since begun dispensing with the services of U.S. companies such as IBM, Oracle and Cisco in flavour of domestic technology. As a result, Snowden's revelations may cost US companies billions of dollars.

"U.S. companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc. are all coordinating with the PRISM program to monitor China," the People's Daily said on its official microblog. "To resist the naked Internet hegemony, we will draw up international regulations, and strengthen technology safeguards, but we will also severely punish the pawns of the villain. The priority is strengthening penalties and punishments, and for anyone who steals our information, even though they are far away, we shall punish them!" it said.

Facebook is currently blocked by Chinese censors, but said last month it may open a sales office in China to provide more support to local advertisers who use the website to reach customers overseas.

Nick Farrell

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