In calling out China’s involvement in cyber attacks on Microsoft email servers, the United States and its allies missed a chance to preempt Beijing’s tit-for-tat response. Here’s how they could regroup.
U.S. allies have joined Washington in voicing concerns about Chinese cyber behavior after the Microsoft Exchange hack. But lingering differences between the partners could still blunt an effective response.
Digital tools offer many uses, both for civic activists to communicate with like-minded individuals to protest governments, as well as for regimes to track dissenters and government critics (and to act accordingly).
A U.S.-Russian bilateral agreement on cyberattacks against financial integrity would be an important first step that could help build confidence to make progress on other, more challenging areas that affect the financial sector, such as collaboration around reigning in cyber-enabled financial crime.
China’s new digital currency, the e-CNY, could give Beijing valuable information about financial transactions and be used by Chinese firms to sidestep U.S. sanctions. But in order for it to meet lofty ambitions, there are some tricky structural questions that must be worked out first.
Failure to proactively and systematically address cyber threats and vulnerabilities to critical weapons systems, and to the DOD
enterprise, has deleterious implications for the U.S. ability to deter war, or fight and win if deterrence fails
Nonresident Scholar Asia Program and Cyber Policy Initiative
Robert Greene is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Cyber Policy Initiative and Asia Program, focusing on Chinese financial sector trends and on topics at the nexus of cyberspace governance, global finance, and national security.
Sultan Meghji is a nonresident scholar in the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on the architecture of the global financial system and the impact of artificial intelligence and quantum computing.