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Obama reveals cyber security talks with China

13 Mar 2013

President Obama has acknowledged that he has warned China to stop state-sponsored attacks on US businesses.

In a recent interview with ABC News, the president said that the White House is aware of the onslaught of state-sponsored attacks. During the interview, Obama said he gave China and other nations a stark warning about the continued use of cyber espionage attacks.

"What is absolutely true is we have seen a steady ramp of cyber security attacks. Some are state-sponsored; some are just sponsored by criminals," Obama said during his television interview.

"I've taken some strong executive actions but we need Congress to act. We've made it very clear to China - and some other state actors - that we expect them to abide by international norms and follow national rules. We will have some pretty tough talk with them and we already have."

President Obama statement comes following actions by the White House to subdue state-sponsored cyber attacks on enterprise. The president recently agreed to sit down with a group of corporate executives to discuss the growing threat of cyber espionage attacks.

According to Reuters, President Obama will meet with chief executives from AT&T, Honeywell International, and Northrop Grumman. The group represents a variety of US infrastructure and defence businesses.

China has consistently been the focus of sponsored cyber attack accusations. Earlier this year, security research firm Mandiant released a report alleging the country led cyber attacks on over 141 private companies.

It has also been alleged that China was behind the attacks on the New York Times. China reportedly led attacks on the media group following reports that critiqued the country's prime minister.

Chinese officials have denied having any involvement with the attacks. A spokesperson for the Chinese government reported that attacks may have come from Chinese IP addresses but are not state-sponsored.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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