Even as the scale and intensity of China’s cyber-assault on U.S. information networks reaches unprecedented levels, the intelligence community is closing in on which organizations and individuals are the key perpetrators. Forward-thinking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn and former White House cyber-security advisor Richard Clarke have long warned of the dangers associated with China’s computer espionage, but until recently the Obama Administration lacked enough firm details on who was behind the campaign to confront Beijing officials. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal and other sources, that information is in hand. The new year is likely to witness a much firmer and more public U.S. response to Chinese cyber crimes, driven by growing awareness of the damage being done to U.S. interests and the political pressure generated by likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. I have written a commentary for Forbes that you can read here.
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