The Commission of the Theft of American Intellectual Property released a report Wednesday claiming the United States loses more than $300 billion annually to IP theft and urging the United States to take immediate action to stop the Chinese from stealing its intellectual property.
A hotly debated cybersecurity bill successfully passed the House Thursday afternoon, garnering bipartisan support despite the White House’s threat to veto the legislation.
Chinese hackers “bombard” the Pentagon’s computer systems “by the millions each and every day” searching for a point of entry into the sensitive U.S. computing systems, according to officials speaking at an event on cybersecurity on Tuesday.
Cyber security experts criticized a recent, little-known report by the State Department’s inspector general on the department’s information security program, warning the report fails to test major vulnerabilities within the system.
Under pressure from American industry to curb Chinese cyber attacks, White House national security adviser Thomas Donilon warned China on Monday that the United States will defend its computer networks from the attacks.
President Barack Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.
The Defense Department is looking at a massive expansion of the Pentagon’s cybersecurity force, the New York Times reports.
China’s government carried out numerous cyber attacks against United States government and private sector computers this year and has emerged as the most significant threat in cyberspace, according to a congressional commission report made public Wednesday.
Hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident. One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing’s most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks.
The Iranian government recently conducted a major cyber attack on a major U.S. financial institution that a military intelligence report said is a sign Tehran is waging covert war against the West.