The Wall Street Journal is breathlessly reporting that earlier this year Chinese hackers broke into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce computers "and gained access to everything stored on its systems."\n\tSo? What exactly could examining the files of "America's top business-lobbying group"\u00a0get them?\u00a0\n\tThey now have detailed information on the group's three million members, apparently. By detailed information I'm guessing this means email addresses, whether dues are paid and ... what? It's not like any of the members are entrusting the Chamber with trade secrets. Actually, what the hackers got was "the names of companies and key people in contact with the Chamber, as well as trade-policy documents, meeting notes, trip reports and schedules."\u00a0Not exactly info that's going to alter the economic balance of power.\n\tIf there's any interesting information to be had there, it's in the emails and files detailing the relationship between lobbyists and politicians.\u00a0\n\tWhat's most interesting about all this is what it possibly implies about China's cyber spying efforts.\n\tThis was not a small operation. It apparently involved at least 300 internet addresses and had a staff that was keeping regular business hours. From this, we could infer:\n\t\n\t\tChina knows so little about how America works that it thought this was a good place to target.\n\t\n\t\tChina is trying to improve its own lobbying efforts.\n\t\n\t\tChina confused the Chamber with the Rotary and was really looking for how to run small lunch groups on a nation-wide scale.\n\t\n\t\tWorst case: China has already infiltrated all of our important networks and is now going after the unimportant ones, "just to be sure."\n\n\tThe Chinese of course denied the allegations. An embassy spokesman said it "lacks proof and evidence and is irresponsible," and added that the hacking issue shouldn't be "politicized." I'm pretty sure he has these lines memorized by now and could repeat them in his sleep in case of an emergency.