The United States and China are unlikely allies in the battle against cyber hacking. Huang Chengqing, the director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT) did not directly accuse the United States government of cyber hacking, but instead suggested that the two countries work together to help curb the cyber-attacks. Fingers have been pointed between both countries for some time now and last week it was reported that confidential weapons program files from the Pentagon had been hacked. Some of the compromised documents include plans on combat aircraft, ships and missile defense systems. The source of the security breach was traced back to China. These Chinese hackers have also been blamed with attacking American based companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others.
In our society today, the internet is a driving force behind the lives of millions of people, companies and government entities, so the issue of cyber security has been increasing in significance. This fact is emphasized by the recent statement made by a Chinese Internet Security official that the Chinese government has “mountains of data” that proves United States based hacking of Chinese mainframes.
Chinese officials have also made statements that Chinese computers, companies and government agencies have also been hacked. And while those officials believe that the attacks are based off of US soil, the Chinese ambassador to the US previously claimed that his country had no proof or evidence that the United States government sponsored the attacks. US officials, on the other hand, have openly accused the Chinese government of holding responsibility for cyber-attacks on America.
What do both countries have to say?
“The United States has expressed our concerns about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military,” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated in a security forum held in Singapore this past Saturday.
China has denied the claims made by the US and instead insists that the Chinese are victims of internet attacks and spying. China has recently helped the US deal with hacking and spying issues; however they now claim that the US is openly accusing the Chinese of being behind security breaches without trying to discuss any solutions first. Huang was quoted in the Chinese newspaper China Daily as saying, “Some cases can be addressed if they had talked to us, why not let us know? It is not a constructive train of thought to solve problems.”
US And Chinese Presidents To Meet
US President Barrack Obama is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of the week in California. It is expected that cyber security and internet attacks will be discussed and President Obama is expected to tell President Jinping that Washington DC holds Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, accountable for the recent attacks. This meeting is hoped to ease the mounting tension between the two countries.