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Without cyber response policies, U.S. can only denounce China attacks




Without cyber response policies, U.S. can only denounce China attacks
Without cyber response policies, U.S. can only denounce China attacks



http://fcw.com/articles/2010/01/25/buzz-google-china-ultimatum.aspx 

By John Zyskowski
FCW.com
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 
through Congress."

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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