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[IWS] USCC: CHINA'S POSITION ON THE SONY ATTACK: IMPLICATONS FOR THE U.S. RESPONSE [14 January 2015]

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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC)

Staff Report

 

CHINA'S POSITION ON THE SONY ATTACK: IMPLICATONS FOR THE U.S. RESPONSE [14 January 2015]

by Jordan Wilson, Research Fellow, Security and Foreign Affairs

http://www.uscc.gov/Research/china%E2%80%99s-position-sony-attack-implications-us-response

or

http://origin.www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/Research/China%27s%20Position%20on%20the%20Sony%20Attack.pdf

[full-text, 7 pages]

 

[excerpt]

In late November 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed it was the victim of a cyber attack that

crippled its networks and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data.1 On December 19, the

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publicly identified North Korea as responsible for these crimes,

describing the attack as “destructive” and “coercive” in nature.2 President Obama pledged the United States

would respond “proportionately” and “in a place and time and manner that we choose.”

3 On January 2,2015, the United States imposed financial sanctions on North Korea’s arms industry as a “first step in

retaliation.”4,* Analysts and news media have suggested further steps could include listing North Korea as

a state sponsor of terrorism, bringing down its propaganda websites, and targeting its computer hardware,5

with a kinetic response termed “the remotest of possibilities.”6

 

U.S. officials reached out to China’s government following this attribution in an effort to “share

information,” “express our concerns,” and “ask for their cooperation,” as stated by one representative.7 The

United States reportedly asked specifically for assistance in a “blocking action” to eliminate North Korea’s

ability to carry out future attacks,8 as Chinese state-owned enterprise China Unicom is a crucial conduit for

nearly all of the regime’s telecommunications.9 Beijing has yet to publicly respond to the U.S. overture or

officially acknowledge North Korean involvement, stating only that China “is against all forms of cyber

attacks,” including those launched by a state “using facilities beyond its own national borders against a

third country.”10

 

As China has received attention as a potential factor in this attack, is in a unique position to influence North

Korea, and is a key player in the development of international norms in cyberspace, its reactions to U.S.

decisions on these matters are of particular interest.

 

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