Monday, September 28, 2015
Get real, China's cybercrime accord with the US will change nothing
China president Xi Jinping agreed a truce on cybercrime with US President Barack Obama last week, a little different to the talk leading up to the event of a 'cyberwar accord' between the world's two most powerful nations. There is more chance of Donald Trump saying something that isn't offensive or ignorant than there is of a cyber-peace treaty stopping anything remotely cyber-warfare related in times of war, which is probably why the two political and economic giants didn't go there. Instead, they travelled down a similar but different road: the two agreed that 'cyber economic crime' must stop. While both countries adopt a ludicrous position of 'I didn't do it' when it comes to launching any kind of cyber attacks against the other, be that industrial espionage or more traditional information spying raids, both also say the other must stop or there will be sanctions. Obama spoke of a common understanding between the US and China that neither country would "conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property", after warning that Chinese cyber attacks are not acceptable, and Xi Jinping happily agreed that "confrontation and friction are not the right choice for both sides" and insisted both countries would abide by "norms of behaviour." To which my response is a big fat SO WHAT?