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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

By CNN

October 1, 2019

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Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate. The U.S. and its allies generally concur on basic rules of state-sponsored hacking, with attacks against civilian infrastructure or economically-driven campaigns out of bounds.

Signers of the pledge includes the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada), major European countries, Colombia, Japan, and South Korea.

The action echoes the multinational condemnation of a long-term Chinese hacking campaign, and Russia's authorship of the NotPetya ransomware worm. Without naming culprits, the pledge also condemned efforts to "undermine democracies and international institutions and organizations, and undercut fair competition in our global economy by stealing ideas when they cannot create them"—strategies respectively associated with Russia and China.

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