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Special report: In cyberspy vs. cyberspy, China has the edge

<p>Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", reviews his contents page in his office in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", reviews his contents page in his office in...more

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", reviews his contents page in his office in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", speaks to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", speaks to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011....more

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", speaks to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations &amp; Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado in this July 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files</p>

Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado in this July 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

Josh Mayeux, network defender, works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado in this July 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

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<p>Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", looks at papers while speaking to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", looks at papers while speaking to Reuters in...more

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", looks at papers while speaking to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", is seen while speaking to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", is seen while speaking to Reuters in Washington,...more

Joel Brenner, former counterintelligence chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and author of a forthcoming book on cyber-espionage tentatively titled "America the Vulnerable", is seen while speaking to Reuters in Washington, March 22, 2011. As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts believe China may have gained the upper hand. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>U.S. Department of Homeland Security analysts work at the National Cybersecurity &amp; Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia, September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

U.S. Department of Homeland Security analysts work at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia, September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

U.S. Department of Homeland Security analysts work at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia, September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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