Revelations of U.S. cyberwarfare capabilities and operations have prompted China to scrutinize its own cyber defenses, according to the Washington Post.
“Officials in China’s government and the cybersecurity sector are pushing for a national strategy to protect information in the country’s computer systems,” the Post said. “Demand for Chinese-made tech security products is up, industry analysts say. And many Chinese are calling for a ban on U.S. hardware in sensitive sectors of government and industry.”
While the U.S. government and business worry about Chinese state-sponsored hackers, ordinary Chinese are frequently victimized by Chinese hackers themselves. However, the Chinese military is a harder nut to crack.
“When it comes to the highest levels of Chinese government, however, the depth of vulnerability is less clear, say U.S. and Chinese industry analysts,” the Post reported. “As in most developed nations, key military systems in China are believed to be ‘air gapped,’ or cut off from the global Internet.”