COMMENTARY - GEOPOLITICS
The Canada-China Cyber Agreement Remains Questionable
December 13, 2017
The Canada-China cyber agreement has little apparent “upside” to Canada, writes David Swan. China is unlikely to change its approach to hacking or intellectual property, so more cyber attacks should be expected.
Many Canadians are unaware of the extent of Chinese hacks and hacking campaigns against Canada. Canadian businesses have been targeted and in some cases destroyed, while intellectual property and trade secrets were laundered in China.
Experts on China have documented PRC government links through all levels. Links can be direct, such as military chains of command or they can be casual, based on media “calls to action.” One example of “casual” attacks was when Chinese students outside of mainland China launched Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the Republic of the Philippines.
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