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Security Expert: Cyberwar with China Is the New Cold War

By    |   Friday, 07 June 2013 09:58 AM

The United States should treat the growing cyberthreat from China as the new Cold War, recommends John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute.

The United States should counter-attack Chinese cyberattacks in order to demonstrate to China its cybercapabilites, he told CNBC.

Pescatore compares the current relationship between China and the United States to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Editor's Note:
 
'It’s Curtains for the US' — Hear Unapologetic Warning from Prophetic Economist.

"The U.S. does not need to just roll out and attack China, but it needs to prove two things," Pescatore said. "We haven't convinced them that we are capable of defending ourselves, and we haven't convinced them that we are willing to do the attacks that they are doing."

He compares a strong U.S. response to Chinese hacking attacks to mutually assured destruction of the Cold War. "Mutually assured destruction is both sides being convinced the other side has equal cards," he explained. "You don't just say, 'Hey, stop beating me.' That doesn't work in any form of negotiation."

U.S. officials accuse China of hacking American companies and other institutions. China denies the charges and in turn accuses the United States of cyberattacks.

Although both sides conduct cyber activities, there's a huge difference in how they operate, Pescatore noted.

U.S. cyberactivities in China have not been nearly as large and widespread as China's cyberattacks in the United States, he claimed. So far, the United States has held back.

The U.S. government doesn't typically conduct industrial espionage. While China seeks American technological secrets, the United States sees nothing similar it desires in China.

"The difference is in the value system," he said. "The Chinese have been launching its weapons, and the U.S. hasn't really stepped up to using the weapons on its side."

U.S. officials have been complaining more loudly recently about Chinese cyberattacks.

"To say that China has carried out a massive stealing campaign is not hyperbole, Chinese denials notwithstanding," a Washington Post editorial stated. "The intrusions have been increasingly well-documented."

The cyberattacks should be a major topic in President Obama's talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend. Cyberespionage probably cannot be completely eliminated, but the two sides can set boundaries, The Post argued.

"A fundamental change at the top is needed, and Mr. Obama should urge Mr. Xi to provide it."

Editor's Note: 'It’s Curtains for the US' — Hear Unapologetic Warning from Prophetic Economist.

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