By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
July 17, 2010
A group of nations -- including the United States, China and Russia --
have for the first time signaled a willingness to engage in reducing the
threat of attacks on each others' computer networks.
Although the agreement, reached this week at the United Nations, is only
recommendations, Robert K. Knake, a cyberwarfare expert with the Council
on Foreign Relations, said it represents a "significant change in U.S
posture" and is part of the Obama administration's strategy of
Among other steps, the group recommended that the U.N. create norms of
accepted behavior in cyberspace, exchange information on national
legislation and cybersecurity strategies, and strengthen the capacity of
less-developed countries to protect their computer systems.
When the group last met in 2005, they failed to find common ground. This
time, by crafting a short text that left out controversial elements,
they were able to reach a consensus.
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