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Shaming Chinese Hackers Won't Work Because Cyber Espionage is Here to Stay

Author: Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program
May 30, 2013
The Guardian


When the meets President Xi Jinping next week in California, PresidentBarack Obama is expected to raise cyber-security as one of the most pressing issues in the US-China relationship. The meeting comes in the wake of a Washington Post report that Chinese hackers stole information from over two dozen weapons programs, including the Patriot missile system, the F-35 joint strike fighter, and the navy's new littoral combat ship.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon directly ascribed blame for cyber-attacks (pdf) for the first time on the Chinese government and the People's Liberation Army. There is little reason to believe that the meeting will moderate the pace or scope of Chinese cyber-espionage, but the two sides can signal a willingness to cooperate on some of the other difficult challenges in cyberspace.

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