US urges China to probe, halt cyber spying

Mar 11, 2013
The building alleged to be home of a Chinese military-led hacking group in Shanghai's northern suburb of Gaoqiao, is pictured on February 19, 2013 after a host of cyberattacks were reportedly traced to it. Beijing must take steps to investigate and halt cybercrime, a top US official said Monday.

Beijing must take steps to investigate and halt cybercrime, a top US official said Monday, warning the international community cannot tolerate the widespread hacking coming from China.

"This is not solely a national security concern or a concern of the US government," National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told The Asia Society.

"Increasingly, US businesses are speaking out about their serious concerns about sophisticated, targeted theft of confidential business information... through cyber-intrusions emanating from at a very large scale."

In his speech in New York, Donilon called on China to recognize that cybercrime poses a serious threat to the reputation of Chinese industry.

" should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities," he said, adding Washington wants "China to engage with us in a constructive direct dialogue to establish acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace."

Last month, US lawmakers called for stiffer US action against Beijing for cyber spying and the massive theft of US industrial secrets, allegedly by the Chinese military.

Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was "beyond a shadow of a doubt" the Chinese military was behind a growing wave of hacking attacks on US businesses and institutions.

In January, The and other American media outlets reported they had come under hacking attacks from China, and a US congressional report last year named the country as "the most threatening actor in cyberspace."

China has called such charges "groundless," and state media has accused Washington of scapegoating Beijing to deflect attention from US .

But Donilon warned: "The international community cannot afford to tolerate such activity from any country."

He renewed a warning from President that "we'll take actions to protect our economy against cyberthreats."

The Obama administration had worked hard with Beijing to build a "constructive relationship" which enabled the two nations to discuss openly issues of concern, Donilon said.

"The United States and China, the world's two largest economies, both dependent on the Internet, must lead the way in addressing this problem."

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Lurker2358
1 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2013
Not like we can do much about it, short of a full scale cyber war or an actual war.

Since they have state regulated internet access, their own private and commercial systems are probably less vulnerable than ours.

Actually decisively winning an actual war with China would require either nuclear war, or a conventional war campaign resorting to total warfare tactics, simply due to their population being so high.

How else are you going to enforce anything? They own all the factories that make so much of all the multi-national tech companies' hardware...they also own a significant amount of U.S. (and canadian) mining interests. note the "good" democracy sold the mining and refining rights to the "evil" communism state.
baudrunner
3 / 5 (2) Mar 11, 2013
Let's be practical. Nowadays, anyone can learn anything one wants to about anything at all to do with the subject of computer technology, including hacking, from the internet. It is in the free world's interest that North Korea be prevented as much as possible from accessing this kind of information, for obvious reasons. I believe that American intelligence is active in that regard, and they have my blessing. There is real cyber warfare going on as I write this. Now, the DPRK is no doubt routing internet activity through China using proxy servers and whatever other shady means they can think up, and America may very well be focusing on the wrong suspect. DPRK is not China. It is unwise for America to blame China when in fact there is criminal hacking occurring right in America by Americans 24/7. I don't think that this kind of sabre rattling is healthy for foreign relations. A paradigm shift regarding our attitude toward China is in order. Compared to DPRK, China is a friend.
Davralon
not rated yet Mar 12, 2013
Seeing how all traffic that comes and goes from China is proxied, then they must be aware of this as they need to let this traffic through, again we see China taking the plausible deniability route as they do with so many patent and design infringements. Take the HiPad for instance or the SUV that is most definitely a 3 gear BMW 4x4!

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