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The logical response would be to move all our companies from China and back to the United States. How can we keep giving money, via U.S. companies with factories in China, to a nation that turns around and hacks into our essential computer databases? We are fools if we keep this up.

— Chicago resident Mary Schwartz, commenting on a new report released by security firm Mandiant concluding that the Chinese military is almost certainly behind hundreds of cyberattacks on U.S. companies.