ABC News is out with a report that for over a year military sources in China had hacked into the computers of the US Chamber of Commerce, a business-oriented trade association.

 “The Chinese have attacked every major U.S. company, every government agency, and NGO’s. Their attacking the Chamber of Commerce is part of a pattern of their attacking everything in the US. If you’re working on U.S.-China relations with an NGO, government agency, you can be sure the Chinese are reading your emails and on your computer,” Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism adviser, told ABC News.

“You stack all of that up and I think there’s a case to be made that this may be the greatest transfer of wealth through theft and piracy in the history of the world and we are on the losing end of it,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

This IS the new cold war. The Chinese appeared to be focused on Asian-oriented trade policy information within the Chamber’s internal communications and files. That is was the military means it was government directed.