US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel uses security conference to warn China on cyber attacks

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged message to Beijing — holding out hope for a slowly improving military relationship with the Asian giant while issuing a stern warning on cyber attacks coming from that country. But he was met with immediate scepticism from the Chinese delegation in the audience, who questioned America’s role in the Pacific.Speaking on Saturday at a security conference in Singapore that he helped to form more than a decade ago, Hagel said: “The United States has expressed our concerns about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military.” While he is not the first US official to publicly blame China for computer-based attacks that steal data from US government and corporate networks, he delivered the rebuke in China’s backyard, with members of Beijing’s government in the audience. see:Hagel chides China for cyber espionage
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel took China to task for alleged cyber-espionage on Saturday, drawing a sharp response from a Chinese general who questioned whether America’s growing military presence in Asia is anything more than an affront to Beijing’s rise.Delivering the keynote speech at the Shangri-La Security Dialogue, Hagel said the U.S. is “clear-eyed about the challenges in cyber,” and echoed past administration assertions that the “growing threat of cyber-intrusions,” targeting U.S. government and industry portals “appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military.”

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