Report: China Already Violated Cybersecurity Agreement with US

Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping / AP
October 19, 2015

A U.S. cybersecurity firm that works with the government has evidence that Chinese government-linked hackers violated the cyber agreement reached between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping less than a month ago.

The Wall Street Journal reported that CrowdStrike Inc. will announce Monday that some of its customers fell victim to unsuccessful cyber attacks that violated the leaders’ Sept. 25 agreement to stop state-sponsored cyber attacks on companies for commercial gain.

According to the firm, customers from the technology and pharmaceutical industries that will remain unnamed were targeted by hackers linked to the Chinese government. A pair of hacking attempts occurred on the days before and after Obama hosted Jinping for a state dinner at the White House during which the leaders reached the agreement. Other attempted hacks continued through October.

The Obama administration is "aware" of the report from CrowdStrike.

"We are aware of this report. We’ll decline comment on its specific conclusions. We have and will continue to directly raise our concerns regarding cybersecurity with the Chinese," a senior administration official stated.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted last month that he did not have confidence that the deal between Obama and Jinping would stop China from launching cyber attacks on U.S. businesses.

The Obama administration has considered sanctioning entities in China and Russia for cyber attacks on U.S. companies but has yet to announce any such sanctions.

Chinese-origin hackers were also behind the massive attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computer networks that compromised the personal information of over 20 million Americans. The deal between Obama and Jinping in September did not cover hacks on government entities.

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