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WSJ: Hackers From China Accessed U.S. Chamber Network

Hackers in China broke into the the U.S. Chamber of Commerce computer system and had access to everything stored there. The attack was cut off in May 2010.

(BLOOMBERG)- New York -- The hackers may have broken into the Chamber's network more than a year before they were discovered, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unidentified people familiar with the Chamber's internal investigation.

U.S. officials suspect that one of those responsible for the attack was connected to the Chinese government, the newspaper said, citing one of the people. The hackers appeared to have concentrated on four employees focused on Asia policy, and stole six weeks of their emails, according to the newspaper.

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Did Climate Change Cause The Fall Of The Ming Dynasty?

In the mid-17th century, the weather in China got colder. The frequency of droughts and floods increased while some regions were wiped out by tragic famines. And the once-unstoppable Ming dynasty began to lose power.

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The accounts are chilling. In the summary of his course on modern Chinese history at the Collège de France, Pierre-Etienne Will examined journals held by various individuals, often part of the Chinese administration, during the final years of the Ming dynasty. These autobiographical writings were almost always kept secret, but they allow us to immerse ourselves in the everyday life of the first half of 17th-century China.

In the Jiangnan region, close to Shanghai and generally considered as a land of plenty, the 1640s did not bode well. The decade that had just ended was characterized by an abnormally cold and dry climate and poor harvests. The price of agricultural goods kept rising, pushing social tension to bursting points.

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