WHEN HACKERS ATTACK, OBAMA DOESN’T RETALIATE
Sanctions, Counter-Attack Among Options Presented
By Harold Hutchison
Two years ago, the Obama Administration turned down a range of retaliatory options to deal with ChiCom cyber attacks. The decision was made as an effort to avoid disrupting relations with a country that holds $1.2 trillion of America’s debt. Among the options rejected were retaliatory cyber-attacks and economic sanctions.
According to a report by Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, an interagency task group was asked to assemble options to deter cyber-attacks in August, 2011, as evidence of ChiCom complicity mounted. The ChiComs have repeatedly denied any involvement in cyber-attacks, even after Mandiant, an online security firm, released a report in February outlining the activities of one shadowy unit of the People’s Liberation Army.
Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said during an interview on ABC’s This Week, “Beyond a shadow of a doubt, [the Chinese] use their military and intelligence structure to steal intellectual property from American businesses and European businesses and Asian businesses, repurpose it, and then compete in the international market against the United States.”
Rogers also added that the lack of retaliation is making the problem worse. “I’ll tell you, it is as bad as I’ve ever seen it and exponentially getting worse. Why? There’s no consequence for it.”