The Obama administration plan to counter massive cyber espionage from China will not focus on a single country, a White House official said.
The administration is set to release its “Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets” at a press conference of senior officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder.
“This strategy is not focused on any one country nor is it focused on cybersecurity exclusively, though cyber does play an important role in the strategy,” the official said.
A private security firm revealed this week that a secret Chinese military unit near Shanghai is behind a worldwide campaign of cyber espionage that has stolen vast quantities of U.S. corporate data over at least six years.
“Our research and observations indicate that the Communist Party of China is tasking the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to commit systematic cyber espionage and data theft against organizations around the world,” the report by the security firm Mandiant said.
The Chinese cyber espionage unit was identified as a PLA unit that is “a single organization of operators that has conducted a cyber espionage campaign against a broad range of victims since at least 2006,” the report said, adding that “it is one of the most prolific cyber espionage groups in terms of the sheer quantity of information stolen.”
Full article: Obama’s Cyber Dodge – White House cyber report won’t focus on China (Washington Free Beacon)