Jury Out on Success of China-US Hacking Deal

Jury Out on Success of China-US Hacking Deal
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Since an agreement between China and the US on cyber espionage was signed last September, US companies have seen a decrease of hacking linked to China, Financial Times reports.

Cybersecurity experts however are undecided on the situation. Admiral Michael Rogers of the National Security Agency asked, “Is that activity for governmental purposes or is it being passed from the government to the private sector? The jury is still out.”

According to Bloomberg, White House officials are also in agreement that it is too early to tell whether the agreement would have a lasting effect.

Michael Allen of Beacon Global Strategies notes in a Bloomberg column: “rigorous monitoring by potential victims themselves will be the source of metrics to know if and by how much this hacking has decreased. Companies need to work with security advisors to detect recidivist hackers, and the government needs to provide indicators to help companies better protect themselves.”

Rob Knake, former director of cyber security policy at the National Security Council, told the Financial Times: “The days of widespread Chinese smash-and-grab activity, get in, get out, don’t care if you’re caught, seem to be over. There’s a consensus that activity is still ongoing, but narrower in scope and with better tradecraft.”

The agreement appeared to have an effect on some of the Chinese hackers who had previously used government-supported systems to conduct operations.

Despite the agreement between China and the US, a Chinese businessman was found guilty of spying on Boeing at the end of March.

News of further hacking attacks made by Chinese hackers include groups such as APT6 or Deep Panda.

In 2014, the US indicted five Chinese military personnel for conducting cyber attacks. Soon after, President Obama issued an executive order to impose sanctions against hackers.

Edited by Edward White


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