By John Glaser
President Obama said the US is engaging in “tough talk” with China over its alleged conduct of cyber attacks against the US government and major US businesses, even as most evidence of China’s culpability is kept secret.
“What is absolutely true is that we have seen a steady ramping up of cyber security threats,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News, adding that some attacks “are state sponsored,” although he did not provide evidence.
“We’ve made it very clear to China and some other state actors that, you know, we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules,” Obama added.
But even as the President chastises Beijing for alleged cyber attacks, Washington is aggressively beefing up its own offensive cyber capabilities and waging its own cyber warfare.
The largest government-sponsored cyber attack to date came out of Washington; the Stuxnet virus aimed at Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities. The US government also routinely conducts cyber espionage, as international investigations have shown. And China apparently feels just as targeted as Washington claims to be.