China, USA requesting help in fighting cyber security
The United States and China agreed on major guidlines to request assistance on cyber crime and all other malicious cyber activities.
The Justice Department said in addition to the agreement, China and the U.S. will conduct “tabletop exercises” in the spring with a number of scenarios designed to improve understanding of the expectations for response and cooperation.
China’s Ministry of Public security said the agreement would have a “major impact” on the implementation of internet security measures, adding that the two sides resolved to maintain frank discussion on the issue.
The statement made no mention of a report from China’s Xinhua news agency this week on the hacking of sensitive personnel records on people holding U.S. security clearances at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) last year. Xinhua said the hacking was criminal, not state-sponsored.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that multiple people had been arrested in that case, which compromised data on more than 22 million federal workers, though people close to U.S. officials told Reuters they believed it was a legitimate intelligence target and a government-sponsored intrusion.
U.S. officials have said they are unaware of any evidence demonstrating that the hacked OPM data had been used for any nefarious purposes.