Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

Is China Already Cheating?

By Paul Rosenzweig
Monday, October 19, 2015, 9:40 AM

Just a few weeks ago, at a summit between Presidents Obama and Xi, the Chinese leader famously promised to end China's cyber economic espionage. Some, like me, saw this as an empty promise. Others, like Jim Lewis of CSIS, saw this as a significant victory for the Administration. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. To that end, today's Washington Post offers a small sample of what lies ahead, reporting on a CrowdStrike investigation that suggests Chinese hacking continues unabated:

Chinese government hackers have attempted in the past few weeks to penetrate the networks of U.S. companies to steal their secrets despite a pledge by China’s president that they would not do so, according to private researchers. Chinese hackers have targeted at least seven U.S. companies since President Xi Jinping vowed last month in Washington that his country would not conduct cyber-economic espionage — the theft of trade secrets and intellectual property for the benefit of the nation’s industries, according to CrowdStrike, a firm that helps companies track and prevent intrusions.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the CrowdStrike blog post on their report.