U.S. Demands Chinese Block Cyberattacks

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon demanded in a speech yesterday that China put a stop to the theft of U.S. firms’ data through cyberattacks. This is the first time that a U.S. official has specifically named China in regards to cybercrime. A cyber security firm recently released information that attacks were coming from an area in China that is home to a large cyberunit of the People’s Liberation Army, information which lines up with the U.S.’s own data on the attacks, making it difficult for the U.S. to not deal with this problem directly. This comes at a complicated time for U.S.-Chinese relations as the U.S. is seeking the diplomatic help of the Chinese government in negotiations with an increasingly hostile North Korea.

Although not fully addressed by the article, the theft of U.S. firms’ data brings up the issue of intellectual property rights and the ease of the dissemination of information during this technological age. It has become increasingly difficult for companies, governments, and individuals to protect their intellectual property, and developing countries (read: China) view the international organizations in charge of protecting those rights, such as WIPO, as biased towards the wealthy, developed countries (read: U.S.). Although the announcement came as a demand, one of the things the U.S. wants China to do is to work together to help establish a set of rules to act as a global standard on cyberspace protocol in order to alleviate these problems.

The White House, Mr. Donilon said, is seeking three things from Beijing: public recognition of the urgency of the problem; a commitment to crack down on hackers in China; and an agreement to take part in a dialogue to establish global standards.

Via U.S. Demands Chinese Block Cyberattacks – NYT.com

What result will come from the U.S. calling out China on this issue remains to be seen.

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5 thoughts on “U.S. Demands Chinese Block Cyberattacks

  1. emilyjackson830 says:

    Since the internet was created 30 years ago, there have been both pros and cons. The ability to access so much information at the click of your mouse is remarkable, however some countries are running into problems. In the article above, America is accusing China of hacking into precious information belonging to America. In the past, China may not have cared too much about Americas threats, however because of recent changes in North Korea, it is in China’s best interest to remain friends with the United States. This is a perfect example of Global Diplomacy. Countries working together, forming alliances, and then working out issues between eachother to ensure peace.

  2. jharvey says:

    I think your introduction hit the nail right on the head. We know that the Chinese government is involved, either actively or passively, in the cyberattacks we’ve experienced in this country. However, calling them out publicly risks all the pressure we want them to put on North Korea and Syria (whom they still have not agreed to sanction). I think that problems like these really go to the heart of what skillful diplomacy is all about. If you can successfully criticize someone while also asking for their support, you are a good diplomat.

  3. kelseyclark says:

    Calling out China? There is technology that is currently being developed and installed to track and prevent China from the cyber attacks. Some suggest that the Chinese corporations will speak to their government if our business men put pressure on them to put a stop to these attacks. This has and will continue to damage the US trade and corporation ties, as that we are an interdependent world. If we go down, then everyone goes down. We need some Chinese actors to push the envelope on this issue.
    Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100543391

  4. These cyber threats are becoming an increasingly popular warfare technique. What they call “red” teams are on the rise and international hackers are on the rise. Both Iran and China are causing an issue and it should be addressed. Because it is such an ambiguous tactic it is difficult to decide how it should be handled, but it definitely needs to be talked about openly.

  5. robertnishan says:

    I think the reason why China violates so many intellectual property comes from the fact that Chinese families value precision and practice over curiosity and creativity. Chinese children are drilled in music practice (piano or violin usually) and are expected to do hours of homework every day. This pushes the Chinese to work hard but without having time to stop and ponder, or pursue personal interests, creativity is stifled and you’re left with a country that is really good at processing and manufacturing but poor at entrepreneurship. The problem becomes compounded by China’s great population. Numbers and formulas are much faster to grade than rhetoric. School systems cannot hope to grade so many papers with efficacy, thus math and science is emphasized.

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