Articles Tagged: People’s Republic of China (PRC)

The Limits of a US-China Cyber Deal

China and the United States are in negotiations over a cyber agreement that would see each side commit not to conduct a cyber first strike against the other country’s critical infrastructure, the New York Times’ David Sanger reports. My colleague Ankit Panda has more on the implications of such a “cyber arms control” agreement, should it be successfully announced during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States this week.

Pentagon Races to Boost Cyber Troop Size

As U.S. and Chinese leaders reportedly negotiate red lines in cyberspace, there is a hacker troop build-up playing out in their respective countries. It is believed China’s People’s Liberation Army has the deeper bench, with an estimated 100,000 code warriors recruited over the past two decades, and the world’s most powerful supercomputer. By comparison, U.S. Cyber Command started from near-scratch in 2010 and wants to reach a force size of 6,200 by 2016. But it’s anyone’s guess as to which cyber military has the most aptitude.

China cyber espionage is more than an irritant, must stop: U.S.

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice on Monday issued a stern warning to China before President Xi Jinping’s visit that state-sponsored cyber espionage must stop, calling it a national security concern and critical factor in U.S.-China relations. “This isn’t a mild irritation, it’s an economic and national security concern to the United States,” she said during remarks at George Washington University.

Apple’s App Store infected with XcodeGhost malware in China

Apple has said it is taking steps to remove malicious code added to a number of apps commonly used on iPhones and iPads in China. It is thought to be the first large-scale attack on Apple’s App Store. The hackers created a counterfeit version of Apple’s software for building iOS apps, which they persuaded developers to download.

China urges US tech firms to sign controversial data pledge

China is pressing major American firms to sign a pledge that could require them to give Beijing access to user data and intellectual property, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The document, distributed this summer, asks companies to promise they will store Chinese user data within the country. It also asks companies to pledge that their products are “secure and controllable,” a highly contentious phrase that critics say will give Beijing officials guaranteed access to encrypted data or even source code.

Why the U.S. Can’t Stop China’s Cyberspies

When Obama and Xi meet in Washington, don’t expect the same sort of tough talk from the White House. The Chinese leader won’t have much patience for American lectures or reprimands. Even with its economic problems, China remains America’s largest importer, the third largest market for American exports and an increasingly central player in the global economy. And that means Obama is likely to tread carefully around his visitor from Beijing once again.

China Feared to Provide Further Assistance to Iran’s Nuclear & Regional Ambitions

On Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported that Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, had announced that International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano would be visiting Tehran in the coming days to discuss the conclusion of a probe into the past military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program.

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