The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers

Media Coverage | October 26, 2016

EWI Board Member Michael Chertoff and EWI Professiorial Fellow Greg Austin were quoted in an article for the MIT Technology Review appearing on October 25.

In "The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers", Chertoff commented on how U.S. actions reportedly may have helped matters reach a tipping point for Chinese leaders on cyber attacks.

The article sought to examine how U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated.

At the same time, China has probably refined its focus “from ‘vacuum cleaner’ espionage to more precisely targeted intrusion and theft,” said Austin. He adde that state-sponsored hackers used to suck up large amounts of data and then sift through it later. 

Read the full article here.