China Has Resumed Hacking That Was 90% Less Under Obama
Stealing Defeat From Victory
When Xi returned in September 2015 for a state visit to the White House, he and Obama finalized a series of tough cybersecurity measures. Among them, according to a White House fact sheet, neither government would “conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.”
U.S. officials say China probably entered the accord to avoid threatened sanctions and stepped-up legal pressure, including the 2014 indictment of five Chinese military hackers on economic espionage charges.
CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity technology company based in Sunnyvale, Calif., assessed that Chinese commercial hacks plummeted as much as 90% in the months after the agreement was reached.
That trend has since reversed itself, U.S. officials and cyber experts say.