Chinese military is hacking U.S. government's computers
The Pentagon is directly accusing the Chinese military of a cyber espionage campaign against U.S. government computers in an effort to gain sensitive data.
“China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs,” according to the report.
In a February 28 op-ed in The Politico, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul warned of the Chinese military waging a campaign of cyberattacks against the United States.
In response, Paul urged Washington to use trade policy as a strong remedy:
The kind of espionage that the Chinese government systematically engages in howls for a response. But the response should be more than a simple protestation, which so far has amounted to acquiescence. To stop China from hacking, it should be one that Beijing will understand: one that puts a dent in its bank account.
When China cheats — or, in this case, does something that is blatantly illegal, like systematically compromising thousands of American computer networks — our trading policies should shift accordingly.
Paul argued that one means of recourse would be for Washington to designate China as a currency manipulator and hold Beijing accountable when it keeps its "currency artificially low to subsidize its imports and tax American exports."
Read Paul's full op-ed.
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