U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking.

NYTimes : “Criminal charges appear to be unlikely in the case of the O.P.M. breach,” – The Obama administration has instead decided that it must retaliate against China for the theft of personal information from the office. The decision came after the administration concluded that the hacking attack was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases did not apply.


The home of the Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington.

“One of the conclusions we’ve reached is that we need to be a bit more public about our responses, and one reason is deterrence,” said one senior administration official involved in the debate.”

Moreover, Officials have struggled to choose among options that range from largely symbolic responses — for example, diplomatic protests — to more significant actions that some officials fear could lead to an escalation of the hacking conflict between the two countries.

Cybersecurity represents one of the most pressing challenges that the United States will face in the coming decades. Ensuring continued economic prosperity and defense readiness requires improving the security of the computing devices, systems, and networks that have become essential to the nation’s commerce and defense.

Moreover, the United States has at its disposal powerful offensive capabilities in cyberspace—how can and should it use these capabilities in support of national interests? These and other cyber issues are important, complex, and here to stay. Scholars at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University research these very issues.

Source: NYTimes & Hoover scholars Cybersecurity – Stanfort cyber summit.

Upcoming Hoover Institution event:

Congressional Cyber Boot Camp 2015 : Monday, August 17, 2015 to Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Hoover Institution, Stanford University

U.S. charges Iran-linked hackers with targeting banks, N.Y. dam – Washingtonpost

The charges come two years after the United States indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of economic espionage in cyberspace and eight months after the nuclear accord between Iran and the United States and other world powers.



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