By John Zyskowski
Jan 25, 2010
When "The Official Google Blog" went public two weeks ago with news that
a cyberattack originating in China had targeted its corporate servers
and customers. e-mail accounts, including those of several human rights
activists, it served as the latest reminder of where U.S. and Chinese
national interests will increasingly compete - politically, economically
and militarily - now and into the future.
For the moment, there is little that the U.S. government can do in
response to the situation, other than condemn the hacking and ask the
Chinese government for an explanation.
As Computerworld reports: "The U.S. has no formal policy for dealing
with foreign government-led threats against U.S. interests in
cyberspace. With efforts already under way to develop such a policy, the
recent attacks could do a lot to shape the policy and fuel its passage
One expert quoted in the report said the U.S. government.s commitment to
protecting its own computers from such threats is woefully inadequate.
Others said that any sort of cyber retaliation, even if computer
forensics experts could confirm Chinese government responsibility, would
be counterproductive, even though they expect state-sponsored attacks on
U.S. commercial and government systems to continue and intensify.
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