Wolf: Chinese hacked computers
Smith said the attacks on his office computers were “very much an orchestrated effort.”
He said that after the first intrusion in December 2006, “that was the last time” his office put the names of dissidents on its computers.
It calls for the chief administrative officer and sergeant at arms of the House, in consultation with the FBI, to alert members and their staffs to the danger of electronic attacks. Wolf also wants lawmakers to be fully briefed on ways to safeguard official records from electronic security breaches.
“My own suspicion is I was targeted by China because of my long history of speaking out about China’s abysmal human rights record,” Wolf said in a draft of remarks he prepared to give on the House floor.
He said Congress should hold hearings, specifically the House Intelligence Committee, Armed Services Committee and Government Operations Committee.
Speaking generally in May 2006, Wolf called Chinese spying efforts “frightening” and said it was no secret that the United States is a principal target of Chinese intelligence services.
He also has been outspoken on the subject of violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, where China has major oil interests.
Smith has introduced the Global Online Freedom Act which would prohibit U.S. Internet companies from cooperating with countries such as China that restrict information about human rights and democracy on the Internet.
• Associated Press writers Ted Bridis and Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.