Congressman Says China Hacked His Computers

    June 12, 2008

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said that four computers in his office had been compromised in 2006 and that computers used by other members of Congress and by the House Foreign Affairs Committee also were hacked.

Wolf said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives,"In subsequent meetings with House Information Resources and FBI officials, it was revealed that the outside sources responsible for this attack came from within the People’s Republic of China."

"These cyber attacks permitted the source to probe our computers to evaluate our system’s defenses, and to view and copy information.  My suspicion is that I was targeted by Chinese sources because of my long history of speaking out about China’s abysmal human rights record."

Wolf said the hackers broke into the computers of his foreign policy and human rights staff person, his chief of staff, his legislative director, and his judiciary staff person. "On these computers was information about all of the casework I have done on behalf of political dissidents and human rights activists around the world," he said.

"That kind of information, as well as everything else on my office computers — e-mails, memos, correspondence and district casework – was open for outside eyes to see."

Wolf said the U.S. needs to do more and that,"We cannot afford to look the other way when foreign sources are threatening to compromise our government institutions, our economy, our very way of life through cyber espionage.  We cannot sit by and watch."