Rogers on Chinese Hackers: ‘I Can’t Tell You How Serious This Problem Is’


Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) said the U.S. government needed to take aggressive steps to address reports of a secret Chinese military unit committing cyber attacks against American companies.

The report by the security firm Mandiant stated the Communist Party of China is tasking the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to commit “systematic cyber espionage and data theft against organizations around the world.”

Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, called it a threat to the next generation of U.S. prosperity Wednesday on “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

“We need to start identifying these individuals, looking at maybe denying visas, visas of their families,” Rogers said. “I can’t tell you how serious this problem is. There are two companies left in America. One is those companies that have been hacked and know it, and two, the companies who have been hacked and don’t know it. It is unfortunate at the scope of the problem here that we’re just not stepping up in a way to deal with it to protect American jobs.”

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