China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the U.S., Report Says – Bloomberg

What happened: China has largely abandoned an Obama-era hacking truce with the US. The agreement led to a slowdown in Chinese hacking in 2015, but the effects of the truce have been reversed, according to cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike, which recently released a report reviewing US rivals’ cyber activity. A representative from the company said that hacking activity resumed in 2017, and reached a peak in 2018. Crowdstrike expects the heightened activity to continue.

Why it’s important: The report comes as the US and China seek to reach a trade deal ahead of a Mar. 1 deadline. Chinese hackers targets included telecommunications infrastructure, currently a sensitive issue as the US and its allies attempt to limit the deployment of Chinese-made 5G equipment. Huawei has borne the brunt of the increased scrutiny for its alleged ties to the Chinese government, prompting concerns over the security of its infrastructure.

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com. More by Chris Udemans

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