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China and CybersecurityEspionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain$
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Jon R. Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, and Derek S. Reveron

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201265.001.0001

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The Chinese Intelligence Agencies

The Chinese Intelligence Agencies

Evolution and Empowerment in Cyberspace

(p.29) Chapter 2 The Chinese Intelligence Agencies
China and Cybersecurity

Nigel Inkster

Oxford University Press

In comparison with other major powers, relatively little has been written about the modern capabilities of the Chinese intelligence agencies. Little coverage is devoted to China’s contemporary intelligence capabilities, in particular in terms of successes in collecting against foreign targets. And there is nothing remotely comparable to the huge expansion in academic writings on all aspects of intelligence that has developed in the West since the end of the Cold War. For China’s intelligence community and corporate sector, cyber espionage has undoubtedly represented a step change in collection capabilities. It is unclear to what extent China’s top leadership has an effective policy grip on what is being done by its intelligence agencies and by other relevant actors in the cyber domain or has undertaken any kind of systematic risk/benefit analysis of such activities.

Keywords:   Chinese intelligence, intelligence services, espionage, cyber exploitation, Ministry of State Security, China

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