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Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2020 shows the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

From the notorious bugging project PRISM to the recently-divulged Crypto AG, a Swiss maker of encryption devices secretly owned and used by the U.S. CIA to intercept encrypted information of other countries, these scandalous spying activities are clear proof that Washington is making "the empire of hackers" a decrypted code name of itself.

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United States is making itself another embodiment of the point that fiction, no matter how surreal or absurd, is a reflection of reality.

In his classic book 1984, British writer George Orwell fabricated a totalitarian state of Oceania where the authorities govern through mass surveillance and ideological control.

Decades later, with almost the same plots Orwell contrived to render arbitrariness and egotism of the fictitious state frequently unveiled in media reports, the world is witnessing the exposure of a real-world Oceania -- the United States.

A huge slogan board stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building during a protest against government surveillance in Washington D.C., capital of the United Sates, on Oct. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

Hypocritically portraying itself as the beacon of freedom and democracy, Washington has been unscrupulously wielding its monopolistic technological might to conduct cyber espionage, surveillance and even attacks on a long list of foreign governments, enterprises and individuals, in flagrant violation of international law and basic norms of international relations, only to shore up its hegemony in global cyber space.

While Oceania's surveillance operations were aimed at tightening its grip on just one country, the reach of the United States' ambitious snooping programs stretches far beyond its own borders.

From the notorious bugging project PRISM to the recently-divulged Crypto AG, a Swiss maker of encryption devices secretly owned and used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to intercept encrypted information of other countries, these scandalous spying activities are clear proof that Washington is making "the empire of hackers" a decrypted code name of itself.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded tracking software in over 500 mobile apps, allowing the U.S. military to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phone users worldwide.

Such reports about the United States trampling on others' rights to buck for its own cyber hegemony have already come as no surprise for most countries. Washington's target list includes even its own people and allies. It is disclosed that leaders of many U.S. allies have fallen victim to U.S. cyber spying activities, some of whom have been eavesdropped on for years.

To further exploit the Internet in its unremitting pursuit of global hegemony, Washington has been obsessed with the militarization of cyber space and weaponization of network technologies.

In 2009, Washington established the U.S. Cyber Command, which was elevated to the status of a unified combatant command by the Pentagon in 2017. According to documents released by WikiLeaks, as early as 2016, the hacking division of CIA developed more than 1,000 hacking systems, trojans, viruses and other "weaponized" malware.

The logo of TikTok is displayed on the screen of a smartphone on a computer screen background in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Doggedly identifying China as a potential challenger to its cyber hegemony, Washington has also been bent on cracking down on China's leading hi-tech companies like Huawei and TikTok, playing victim and cranking up its mud-slandering machine in an attempt to justify its cyber suppression of China.

According to a report released by China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center, the United States is the largest source country for cyber attacks against China, which has been listed as a key target by the U.S. government-backed cyber spying programs like the Eye of Sauron and the Equation Group.

Recently, some U.S. politicians have been inducing or coercing other countries to join a so-called "Clean Network" program which aims to exclude Chinese companies from the global Internet market. However, to the disappointment of those China-bashing politicians, such a malicious scheme has drawn few responses from the international community.

Shocked or taped by those eye-popping U.S. cyber espionage programs, disclosed or not, people around the world have gradually realized that rather than those Chinese companies, it is the ubiquitous U.S. cyber surveillance that jeopardizes global cyber security and technological development. ■

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