China Hacking, Poison and Piracy
Here is another story about hackers from China.
Allegedly some organization have tracked yet another hacking that originated from some computer from China.
Red alert – we are under attack from China!
I found it interesting that we never hear from hackers from U.S., Britain, Germany characterized as that. We are more specific than that. Bad hackers are individual bad apples. They may be deranged individuals or part of standard industrial espionage operations. But when it comes to hackers form China, it has to be “hackers from China” – they are coming after us!
It’s the same thing with lead toys, dry walls, or other products from China. Instead of focusing on specific manufacturers, supply chain (e.g. bad cars from Ford, bad batch of egg from this plant, etc.), we always jump the gun and slap the label China on it. We jump the gun to blame China. When toys are recalled, it’s China’s fault even though most of such problems arise from design flaws by Western toy makers, not manufacturing problems in Chinese factories.
Now, if it’s true that products from China are categorically unsafe, I am all for the governments of the countries to work on a way to remedy the situation. I doubt that’s true – given that high quality products like iPads and iPhones are made there – and given the huge amount of trade that already goes on (are consumers really systematically into unsafe products?). So when problems are isolated, let’s fix on the cases as specific, isolated cases – and not instinctively call out names of an entire country.
I hope the U.S. become more mature about trade and the promotion of win-win exchange between the two nations.
I am especially disheartened recently to see how Chinese companies who want to do business in the States are continually treated with suspicion, as “spies” even when all they are doing is do business. In a recent case, the government is looking into Hawai’s purchasing of U.S. patents.
Patents are public disclosures of technology. One does not need to buy patents to practice the technology per se. All the information needed are already publicly dislcosed. One only buys to practice the technology in a legal way – compensating the true inventors of the technologies. So when Chinese companies want to buy the patents – invest in American innovation, why the innuendos of theft and conspiracy? How do you expect China to invest in the U.S. to produce win-win results – as Japan did when it relocated car plants to the U.S. – in such environments?
We all want a world that is peaceful and prosperous. And a journey of one million steps must start with one. We can start here by stopping our instinctive itch to label China with innuendo and suspicion…