March 28, 2019

Suspected cyberattacks from China on U.S. Navy explained by Bishop Garrison

By Jacqueline Isaacs

According to a new review, the U.S. Navy has been the target of ongoing cyberattacks by Chinese hackers. Bishop Garrison, the co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, had an "Expert Voices" contribution at Axios last week explaining the nature of the attacks and what needs to be done about them.

“China presents a unique threat to the U.S. and its interests, as a foreign power that requires economic and political engagement despite state-sponsored acts of espionage.” Garrison explains. “Bilateral relations remain on unstable ground and this offensive cyber campaign is likely to further exacerbate tensions.”

According to the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, this isn’t the first act of espionage from Chinese hackers against the U.S. Navy–they have targeted flag officers and under-sea warfare programs in the past.

However, Garrison notes that there are two corresponding issues: the U.S.–China trade tariffs, which haven’t been addressed since the trade deal talks stalled in mid-March, and the potential T-Mobile–Sprint merger, which would allow the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to gain a larger share of the market.

“The U.S. must help China become a more honest broker while holding it responsible for its continued transgressions — keeping in mind that China's economy, global business interests and close ties with North Korea mean its power will only grow,” he concludes.

Read the full article here.

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