What happened: Chinese hackers reportedly operating out of Tsinghua University probed American companies and government departments before and after trade talks with the US in May. According to cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, the group targeted energy and communications companies, as well as the Alaskan state government, seeking espionage opportunities.
Why it’s important: The trade tensions between China and the US have caused substantial damage to cyberspace cooperation between the two countries, which sought to stop industrial cyber espionage. In 2015, the topic was seen positively in the broader scope or US-China relations. However, given the current climate, it is unlikely that this is still the case. Additionally, the hacking accusations are the latest in a slew that includes the targetting of Malaysia, Belarus, Maldives, Cambodia, and European foreign ministries.