It’s China's hacking that keeps us up at night

For Immediate Release: March 06, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]


“U.S. officials: It’s China hacking that keeps us up at night”

Sprint and T-Mobile, On The Other Hand, Seem to Be Sleeping Soundly


Washington, D.C.Today’s Washington Post “Cybersecurity 202” highlights the unified message coming from NSA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security officials at the RSA cybersecurity conference about the serious cyber threat that Chinese companies pose to the United States. According to this report, officials were “laser-focused” on the Chinese threat, which stands in contrast to the tendency of Washington political circles to focus more heavily on Russia as a digital security threat.

As this morning’s Cybersecurity 202 notes, Chris Krebs, director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, explained, “Russia’s trying to disrupt the system...but China’s trying to manipulate the system to its ultimate long-term advantage.”

Nowhere is China’s attempted manipulation of the system and undermining of American national security more apparent than in the proposed mega-merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. T-Mobile, Sprint, and their foreign parent companies refuse to make clear, enforceable commitments to ban Huawei in their proposed 5G buildoutin the United States and around the world. In addition, Deutsche Telekom — T-Mobile’s parent company— has a troubling history with Huawei that cannot be ignored.

The full Washington Post “Cybersecurity 202” is available here: “The Cybersecurity 202: U.S. officials: It’s China hacking that keeps us up at night.”


  • Yet U.S. officials seemed united in their assessment that while attacks from those nations may be damaging in the short-run, the long-term financial damage of China stealing U.S. companies’ trade secrets and intellectual property will be devastating.
  • The messaging campaign about Chinese hacking may actually have an impact on Chinese leaders, Ryan Gillis, vice president for cybersecurity strategy at Palo Alto Networks and a former DHS official, told me.
  • A lot of China’s hacking involves exploiting very simple vulnerabilities that companies could protect against but don’t – either because they don’t understand their digital weaknesses or haven’t made cybersecurity a priority.


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