US, China cybersecurity hotline offers no guarantees

IDG News Service | Dec 4, 2015

Speaking at the New England Cybercrime Conference the nation's top lawyer for national security also addressed the threat of cyber terrorists. He doesn't think they have advanced cyber weapons because if they did they would have used them.

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Assistant Attorney General for National Security
What we were seeing was attacks emanating from China day in and day out in every industry; nuclear, solar, steel, every industry across the gamut. In addition to saying enough is enough you've seen actions follow words and in the first case against the People's Liberation Arm for what was theft. It was economic espionage. It was stealing trade secrets from US companies in order to compete against them. And for the first time President Xi said with President Obama that this is theft and that this is not the appropriate use of an intelligence service and this is not about defending ourselves. If you target and if you target one company for the gain of another that is theft. And now I was just in meetings with the Chinese before I flew out to Boston. They were productive in terms of setting up things like a hotline to discuss cybercrime. Now we'll see with eyes open whether actions follow words and if we see a decrease in activity against US companies.

Speaking at the New England Cybercrime Conference the nation's top lawyer for national security also addressed the threat of cyber terrorists. He doesn't think they have advanced cyber weapons because if they did they would have used them.

If they had the capability they'd use it. They're not going to be deterred. We're in a race; American companies and the government to do on the government side everything we can to disrupt their ability to develop that cyber weapon of mass destruction that causes the maximum amount of damage, but on the other end to keep improving our defenses to also focus on resilience and our ability to get back in business if there is a destructive attack before the terrorists are able to have the capability to match their intent.
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