U.S. has lost moral high ground regard in cyber security

U.S. has lost moral high ground regard in cyber security

Contributed by Wang Chuanjun/Guangming Daily

U.S. has lost moral high ground regard in cyber security

"It's really amazing to see that some people still believe they have moral high ground and credibility to accuse others, if we consider the Snowden revelations... It's a bit incredible", Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai accused the United States of hypocrisy for charging five Chinese nationals of alleged commercial espionage, citing Edward Snowden's revelations of U.S. spying operations worldwide.

Cui pointed out that China is in fact the victim of cyber attacks from the United States that target China's government institutions, colleges, companies and even individuals. “China has always requested the United States to give us a clear and thorough clarification. But we still have none of it yet,” the Chinese diplomat said. The U.S. always claims that there is difference between spying for national security and for domestic business, but how do they explain the attacks on Chinese companies, colleges, and even individuals? The China-U.S. Cyber Working Group has made fine communication on cyber security. However, China decided to suspend activities of the group as the unilateral actions of the U.S. has violated the purpose of the working group. Washington should immediately correct its mistakes and withdraw the indictment. China still hopes that the two countries can maintain a stable and healthy relationship and establish a new-type major-country relationship, which needs the corresponding efforts from two sides.

US Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference Monday and announced U.S. was to charge five Chinese military officers on allegations of cyber theft, marking the first time that U.S. takes legal action against employees of a foreign government over cyber crimes. According to the statement of charges, six companies have been affected by the hacking: Westinghouse, Alcoa, U.S. Steel, the United Steelworkers Union (USW), Allegheny Technologies Inc. and SolarWorld. After the announcement, Chinese government strongly opposed the U.S. Justice Department's indictment against five Chinese military officers and announced to suspend activities of the China-U.S. Cyber Working Group..

China's State Internet Information Office on Monday published the latest data of U.S. cyber attacks, showing the U.S. is the biggest cyber attacker against China. The latest data from the National Computer Network Emergency Response technical Team Coordination Center of China (NCNERTTCC) showed that from March 19 to May 18, a total of 2,077 Trojan horse networks or botnet servers in the U.S. directly controlled 1.18 million host computers in China. The center also found 135 host computers in the U.S. carrying 563 phishing pages targeting Chinese websites that led to 14,000 phishing operations.

The unprecedented move of the U.S. government fuelled speculations on the motivation behind. The Wall Street Journal questions“whether this is merely another of those foreign policy gestures”. Some analysts believe that considering the first anniversary of the “Snowden incident”, the U.S. pushed China as a scapegoat to the front, hoping to deflect critical international public opinions, redeem the moral high ground regarding cyber security it had lost after the “Prism”, use global cooperation to set security rules and cement its leading position incyber security.

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