Recent cyberattacks originating in China against Google and other tech firms highlight concerns about adversaries' ability to launch a full-fledged cyberwar against the United States. Many see the hacks as an indication that the United States is already engaged in an undeclared cyberwar—and losing.
Such worries are spurring action in the form of a pair of cybersecurity bills, one of which would link U.S. financial aid to a nation's willingness to combat cybercrime, while the other would bolster domestic cybersecurity and mandate that the president work with private industry on responding to a cybercrisis.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is mulling the establishment of a cybersecurity ambassador for the United Nations—a key issue, as no settled definition of cyberwar exists and various countries are already trying to determine the implications, declaration protocols, and counter-strategies of a cyberwar.
Amit Yoran, former director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, says there increasingly appears to be a point of connection between perpetrators of cybertheft and cyberespionage.
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