Mark Collins – US Director of National Intelligence Dubious about Dragon Ceasing Commercial Cyber Spookery

Further to this post,

China/US Cyber Strife–plus a Canadian Bit

the DNI remains most concerned:

Top US Spy Chief: China Still Successful in Cyber Espionage Against US

Top US Spy Chief: China Still Successful in Cyber Espionage Against US

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Last week, the Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper [see here], delivered his annual threat briefing to the Senate Armed Forces Committee noting that China remains engaged in malicious activities in cyberspace against the United States, despite a U.S.-Chinese bilateral agreement to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting commercial cyber-espionage.

“China continues to have success in cyber espionage against the U.S. government, our allies, and U.S. companies,” Clapper emphasized. “Beijing also selectively uses cyberattacks against targets it believes threaten Chinese domestic stability or regime legitimacy.”

Clapper goes on to say that U.S. intelligence agencies will monitor China’s compliance with the September 2015 bilateral agreement to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property with the intent of providing competitive advantage to companies or commercial sectors.“Private-sector security experts have identified limited ongoing cyber activity from China but have not verified state sponsorship or the use of exfiltrated data for commercial gain,” he added.

Clapper remains skeptical however: “Russia and China continue to have the most sophisticated cyber programs. China continues cyber espionage against the United States. Whether China’s commitment of last September moderates its economic espionage remains to be seen.”..

During his February testimony, Clapper emphasized that Chinese cyber attacks are continuing:  “It’s our responsibility to ensure that our policymakers and particularly the Department of Defense are aware of this hemorrhage, if you will, of technological information that the Chinese purloined [see “Chinese Cyberspooks Stealing F-35 (and other) Secrets via Canada“]”.

According to Clapper, foreign actors in cyberspace “remain undeterred from conducting reconnaissance, espionage, and even attacks in cyberspace because of the relatively low costs of entry, the perceived payoff, and the lack of significant consequences.”..

As for Canada, from November 2015:

Another US Effort to be Cyber-Serious–and Canada?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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