Can US Courts Stop Chinese Cyberspying?
The recent near-simultaneous and computer-based disruptions of iconic American financial, transportation and media institutions raised reasonable fears that the United States was undergoing a focused cyberattack. Though it now appears the failures at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal were unrelated coincidences, the fears of an attack were well-founded based on the well-known and growing threats facing America’s critical communications infrastructure. Indeed, these suspicious acts came the day before congressional hearings once again disclosed a major cyber breach carried out by China — this time, a hack of 21 million Americans’ most private personal security information from the Office of Personnel Management. And more than just personnel files are at risk, with China’s widely discussed role in corporate espionage and theft of intellectual property entering the realm of epidemic proportions.