Take Off the Kid Gloves and Stop China’s Cyber Thieves: The Fiscal Times/The Week

Apr 24th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

For your consideration, two new articles following the “what should we do about China?” template so common after the release of the Mandiant report.

The first article came from Liz Peek of The Fiscal Times.  In her article, Peek explored why it’s so hard for the U.S. to stop Chinese cyberexploitation, arguing that U.S. businesses are “desperate for the growth that China can offer, and terrified they will be punished if they stand up to Beijing’s bullying.”  There was limited discussion on how to stop Chinese cyberexploitation, but Peek did go into an interesting discussion on the anxiety that Chinese leaders face over “slowing growth, mounting pollution, rising labor costs, social unrest and shaky finances.”


In the same vein, Marc Ambinder wrote for The Week and offered 5 ways to fight back against Chinese cyberattacks:

  1. “[B]uild an electronic wall around the country,” i.e. deep packet inspection.
  2. “It can require, or encourage, major technology companies that serve as Internet gateways for most Americans to boost their own cyber defenses . . . “
  3. “It can secretly share with the big Internet companies the cyber techniques and tactics used by Chinese corporations and the military . . .”
  4. “It can fight back, engaging in tit-for-tat  brinksmanship . . .”
  5. “It can provide significant incentives for individuals and corporations to protect themselves . . .”
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One Response to “Take Off the Kid Gloves and Stop China’s Cyber Thieves: The Fiscal Times/The Week”

  1. […] Earlier this year, “Zach,” a former blog contributor, posted links to a few great pieces published prior to the Snowden revelations and discussing the difficulty presented by Chinese cyberexploitation.   In one, “Take Off the Kid Gloves and Stop China’s Cyber Thieves,” Liz Peek of The Fiscal Times argued that the U.S. has a difficult time “clamping down” on Chinese cyber theft because while U.S. corporations are the most damaged by China’s cyber activities, such entities are also dependent on the growth opportunities provided by China. […]

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