|Scooped by Taj Babar|
Preventing a US- CHINA Cyberwar
When US president Obama and China’s president XI jinping had their first meeting in California, addressing the issue of china’s cyberattacks on American institutions was an important priority.
Both nations need to take steps to avoid drifting into an all-out cyber war.
By Taj Babar
In February 2013, a repot by the computer securtiy firm Mandiant detailed how hackers working for the People’s Liberation Army of China had gained access to data from American companies and government agencies.
Earlier in june , a Pentagon repot explicitly accused the Chinese military of the attacks.
With the evidence of their activities mounting, Chinese hacker went silent for there months, but they now seem to have resumed their attacks. A report last week by the commission on the Theft of American intellectual; Property, a private group led by two former Obama administration officials Dennis Blair, who was the director of intelligence, and Jon Huntsman an ambassador to China said that hacking costs the American economy more than $300 billion a year and that China was responsible for 70 percent of the theft of corporate intellectual property and trade secrets. The commissions focus of most public discussion surrounds hacking into business and industry. The commission’s report spoke of the risk of “stiffing innovation” in America and elsewhere if hackers in China are able to steal blueprints and negotiation strategies. The Chinese complain that they, too, have suffered cyberattacks .That could offer some basis for cooperation with Washington on norms of behaviour. China recently agreed to the commission said the American response was “uterly inadequate” and proposed stronger ways to deter Chinese hacking, like possibly allowing companies to retaliate against attackers with their own counterstrikes.