In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Comey said Chinese hackers target the intellectual property of U.S. companies in China every day. FBI Director James Comey compared Chinese hackers to a “drunk burglar” who steals with reckless abandon, even as they cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars every year. The Justice Department earlier this year announced a 31-count indictment against Chinese hackers accused of breaking into computer networks at steel companies and the manufacturers of solar and nuclear technology, with the goal of gaining a competitive advantage.
- In the CBS interview, Comey also discussed the U.S. fight against terrorism.
- China has denied the allegations.
- Comey said the U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria.