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A New Old Threat: Countering the Return of Chinese Industrial Cyber Espionage

A New Old Threat: Countering the Return of Chinese Industrial Cyber Espionage (Geopolitical, Terrorism)

With the return of Chinese hacking, the United States should develop an international attribution-and-sanction regime; sanction the companies that benefit from cyber espionage; and strengthen counterintelligence outreach to startups and small companies in artificial intelligence (AI), quantum, semiconductor, telecommunications, and other sectors central to Chinese technology strategies. In the summer of 2015, news reports suggested that the administration was ready to use Executive Order 13694 [PDF], which authorizes sanctions against companies or individuals that profit from cyber theft, to sanction state-owned enterprises and senior Chinese officials associated with cyber theft.

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