The group of spy agencies, known as the Intelligence Community around the DC beltway, are completing their first detailed review of U.S. financial losses as a result of international cyber-spying against American targets, including an attempted attack against the group creating this report. This National Intelligence Estimate will also try to determine to what extent the Chinese government was involved in coordinating or directing cyber attacks on the U.S. Although intelligence analysts debate the extent of the China’s involvement, the CIA and National Security Agency have traced cyber attacks back to Chinese military and intelligence agencies. The study is expected to be out early next year.
The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from abroad, including an attempt to calculate U.S. financial losses from hacker attacks based in China, officials said.
The National Intelligence Estimate, the first involving cyber-espionage, also will seek to determine how large a role the Chinese government plays in directing or coordinating digital attacks aimed at stealing U.S. intellectual property, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a classified undertaking.
The Pentagon requested the estimate more than a year ago, and it sparked a broad review of evidence and analysis from the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. The document has been submitted to the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates such efforts, but it was unclear whether the council had reached or approved final conclusions. The study is expected to be given to policymakers early next year.
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