Another Obama Fail: China Suspected of Hacking American Companies — Just One Day After Obama Declares No-Hacking Deal
President Obama’s cyber-security deal with China is beginning to look a lot like his Iran nuke deal: Obama makes loud pronouncements about a new era of mutual understanding and cooperation, while his partners-in-peace stab him in the back.
China waited less than 24 hours to resume hacking U.S. companies after Obama and President Xi Jinping announced a new era of mutual commitment to data security, according to research from a security firm called CrowdStrike, as reported by The Hill.
“The very first intrusion conducted by China-affiliated actors after the joint Xi-Obama announcement at the White House took place the very next day – Saturday, Sept. 26,” CrowdStrike CEO Dimitri Alperovitch wrote on his blog.
Alperovitch went on to say that most of these new hacking targets were technology and pharmaceutical firms, suggesting the intrusions were meant to “facilitate theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, rather than to conduct traditional national-security related intelligence collection, which the agreement does not prohibit.”
He suggested that the Chinese might need more time to ramp down their militarized hacking operations, which seems like an odd contention, given that China is an authoritarian regime – if the big bosses of the Politburo tell their underlings to stop hitting American targets, they stop - and also that China knew for some time that Obama wanted to use Xi’s visit to declare a cyber-war truce. The hacking squads of the People’s Liberation Army could not have been taken completely by surprise when Obama and Xi made their announcement. China had plenty of time beforehand to trim the hacking back.