Chinese cyber activity in the United States had risen in recent months, targeting critical infrastructure in what may be attempts to lay the groundwork for future disruptive attacks. In 2015, then-US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that neither government would endorse or engage in state-sponsored cyber-espionage to steal info from the other. But the recent report is suggesting that China is gathering information and intelligence for its Made in China 2025 plan that will make the country a global leader in manufacturing.
Trade Embargo With the USA Accelerating Chinese Cyber Intrusion-
The ongoing tariff war and the deteriorated political relationship between the US and China have encouraged Chinese hackers to turn up the heat on the US companies. Dubious Chinese firms are also taking unfair means of stealing IP and tech secrets from the US companies. Amid increasing tensions between the US and China, fuelled by Mr Trump’s threat of trade tariffs, the volume of attacks has returned to previous levels.
The US Government’s Report-
American officials say China’s relentless effort to steal American business secrets is part of what they describe as Beijing’s drive to leapfrog the United States as the world’s preeminent economic and military power. U.S. officials say China’s targets include the fields of aerospace, biotechnology, telecommunications, medical equipment and oil and gas exploration. Those match the business sectors tabbed for strategic development in China’s official government policy called “Made in China 2025.”
According to the documents of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, “China remains the most active strategic competitor responsible for cyber espionage against the US government, corporations, and allies.” The UK and US believe China is breaking a 2015 agreement not to steal commercial data to help its companies. There was a dip in activity after the deal was signed (which followed a period of pressure by Washington, including the indictment of Chinese military hackers and the threat of sanctions). “China has the ability to launch cyber attacks that cause localized, temporary disruptive effects on critical infrastructure — such as disruption of a natural gas pipeline for days to weeks — in the United States,” the US Intelligence Community document warned.
Real Intention of Chinese Cyber Attack-
Chinese government’s views on cyber warfare are consistent with its military strategy, which is modified according to the national security environment, domestic situation, and activities of foreign militaries. When taken together, though, the information would have amounted to a valuable snapshot of US cutting edge underwater weapons development, plus details on a number of related digital and mechanical systems.
China’s Cyber Security Law (CSL), which came into effect on 1 June 2017, is the apex of a host of regulations aimed at creating a separate and heavily controlled sovereign Chinese cyberspace. Businesses are a key target of this regime.