There have been many charges of hacking leveled at China over the last few years: from hacking reporters email accounts to sinking acquisition deals to stealing trade secrets to trying to gain access to critical infrastructure control systems.
According to security firm Mandiant, China has now been proven guilty (caught red-handed) on the charge of hacking entities within the United States. How should we respond as a nation? Is this is big deal or simply a nuisance? Here to help you decide is the DailyTekk Think Tank. Be sure to leave us a comment to let us know what you think!
America Should Be Proactive
Instead of being mad, the American government should be proactive and put a priority on cyber security and beefing up our defenses. I don’t think the general public realizes how dependent we are on computers and networks in the control and automation of major systems. Our massive electrical grid, communications and financial networks are heavily dependent on complicated network systems. These are all prime targets of sophisticated overseas hackers.
What makes the China situation so egregious is the hacking activity is condoned and even supported by the Chinese government. If China expects to be friendly trading partners with the United States, they need to stop this behavior and the United States needs to start taking cyber security seriously and truly make it a national security priority.
Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire
Cyberarms retaliation against China would only add fuel to the “cyber Cold War.” Instead, American companies and government should focus not only on better defending their most vulnerable networks and rolling out official rules of engagement, but also on encouraging the creation of a mandatory international cyberarms control agreement.
As California Senator Dianne Feinstein pointed out this week, we have long had international agreements to police war crimes, but no such agreements or legislation to govern cyberwar. It’s high time we create them and soon.
Meanwhile, not many people are talking about this in the wake of China’s alleged cyber attacks, but America has engaged in its fair share of cyber espionage and attacks, too, and even owns up to both as a critical facets of national security. Stuxnet, the computer virus that the U.S. used to annihilate Iran’s Natanz uranium ...