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US Congress restricts government purchase of Chinese computer equipment, citing cyber-espionage concerns

“The latest US appropriations bill, signed into law just this week, includes a provision that is likely to further raise tensions between the country and China. The provision requires the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, NASA, and the NSF to perform a formal assessment of risk of cyber-espionage before purchasing computer systems and other […]

US wants Sprint-SoftBank deal to avoid Chinese network equipment: WSJ

In order for the $20 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel by Japan’s SoftBank to go ahead, the US government wants to oversee network equipment purchases in a bid to keep Huawei and ZTE products out of the nation’s infrastructure, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, a Congressional report labeled the two companies’ equipment as […]

美国白宫助手认为网络安全危及中美关系 (White House aide says cyber security a challenge to US-China ties)

This is a translation of the original article titled “White House aide says cyber security a challenge to US-China ties” by Deborah Charles and Daniel Trotta. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/336178,white-house-aide-says-cyber-security-a-challenge-to-us-china-ties.aspx 美国白宫助手认为网络安全危及中美关系 公共非难依然持续 网络安全对中美经济关系的挑战日渐增长,北京方面必须认识到该问题的重要性。这 是白宫国家安全顾问 Tom Donilon 在周一发表的言论。 他在给亚洲社会的一场讲演中提到美国商业对来自中国的网络入侵者有目的性地盗取 其商业保密信息和技术产权越来越担忧。 “国际社会无法忍受任何国家的如此行为。”他特别指出奥巴马总统在上月的国情咨文中 誓将在网络威胁方面保护美国经济。 Donilon的言论作为美国高层官员来说,是属于最直接的一位,指名道姓地提出中国是 网络威胁的源头,即使他出于美国商业的担忧而不是出于政府的角度。 即便如此,该言论表明了华府已经打算就美国企业所受的网络攻击以及猖獗的网络间 谍活动对中国进行更加公开的非难指责。 Donilon说上至奥巴马总统,对网络攻击的顾虑已经成为中美政府在各个阶层的“关心和 讨论的关键点” 。他指出美国政府将尽其所能保护其国际网络,关键基础建设,以及公共与 私人财产的安全。 他列出对中国的三点要求,第一北京方面应该认识到该问题的紧急性,将危及国际贸易 和中国企业界声誉,同时也不利于中国关系发展。 “第二,北京方面应该严肃着手调查并制止此类行为。” Donilon说:“最后,我们需要中 国和我们一起通过有建设性的直接对话来建立网络空间可行的行为规范。” 上月,一家美国私人计算机网络安全企业发表了一项调查研究,指责一个中国秘密军 事基地在背后进行了一系列对美国企业大范围的黑客攻击。 中国否认的该项指责并认为自己是网络攻击最大的受害者。

Trustwave report shows less attacks originate in China than elsewhere

** Interestingly, the latest Trustwave data breach report shows statistics that a far larger number of attacks originate in the US and elsewhere than from China. This is quite a contrasting data point given the amount of attention in the media painting China as an aggressor. In the ‘top attacker locations’ China is 5th behind […]

Aussie companies lag on security as cyberthreat intensifies overseas

Ever vigilant on citizen privacy, EU regulators were promising action on Google’s privacy policy changes while the EU Parliament made more than 900 amendments to proposed new data-privacy laws. Also on the international front, security firm Mandiant was alleging that it had information about the Chinese-backed ‘PLA 61398’ cyber-army hacking into US firms. In an […]

Watering hole attack targets Chinese dissidents

A fresh “watering hole” campaign that targets Chinese government dissidents is under-way, according to security firm FireEye. In a watering hole attack scenario, a trendy scheme used to conduct cyber espionage, a website frequented by a targeted victim list is seeded with malware so that when they visit the site, they are hit with the […]

Top China college probed for ties to cyber-spy unit

Faculty members at a top Chinese university have collaborated for years on technical research papers with a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unit accused of being at the heart of China’s alleged cyber-war against Western commercial targets. Several papers on computer network security and intrusion detection, easily accessed on the Internet, were co-authored by researchers at […]

After pointing to China, S. Korea confirms hack came from ‘somewhere’

After a series of cyber attacks brought down 32,000 servers and computers belonging to media and financial companies, South Korean security experts quickly traced the source of the hack to an IP address in China. However on Friday, officials from South Korea’s Communications Commission were forced to walk back their claim about Chinese involvement, claiming […]

Hacking attack on South Korea traced to China

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – The suspected cyberattack that appeared to target South Korean banks and broadcasters Wednesday originated from an IP address in China, South Korea’s Communications Committee said in a statement Thursday. The attack damaged 32,000 computers and servers of media and financial companies, the committee said. South Korean officials are analyzing the […]

Tone Down the Cyberwarfare Rhetoric, Expert Urges Congress

As the nation spent this week pondering the wisdom of its decision to invade Iraq a decade ago, a witness urged Congress on Wednesday to consider more carefully how the United States will respond to a cyber 9/11 should one occur and to weigh carefully the use of strong statements that could force the nation […]