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What’s the Point of Charging Foreign State-Linked Hackers?

What’s the Point of Charging Foreign State-Linked Hackers? (Expert Blogs and Opinion)

For example, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Williams have argued in Lawfare that the strategy of charging Chinese hackers for theft of U.S. trade secrets has failed to deter such activity, citing the public charges against Chinese state-affiliated hackers in 2017 and 2018 as reason to believe Chinese cyber theft of American intellectual property had not ceased. John Carlin, who oversaw the early charging of foreign hackers as assistant attorney general for national security from 2014 to 2016, has written about charging foreign hackers more broadly as part of a package of tools that the U.S. government can use to disrupt and deter state-sponsored hacking. At the same time, because arrests have been the exception and the charging documents are primarily “speaking indictments” that communicate important details about hacking operations to the public, we conclude that charging foreign hackers, as well as online influence operators, serves purposes other than merely arresting specific individuals.

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