U.S., China to Hold Talks on Hacking

    In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing. As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage. The Chinese government, meanwhile, has denied involvement in the cyber-attacks tracked by Mandiant. Instead, the Foreign Ministry said that China, too, is a victim of hacking, some of it traced to the U.S. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei cited a report by an agency under the Ministry of Information Technology and Industry that said in 2012 alone that foreign hackers used viruses and other malicious software to seize control of 1,400 computers in China and 38,000 websites. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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    Chinese hackers soon might not be able to read our secrets—at least not so easily. The U.S. and China have reportedly agreed to high-level talks on hacking, which will hopefully set an international standard for cyberspying. The talks will begin in July, although American officials reportedly are not expecting any immediate changes. These talks will be the first attempt to create a diplomatic standard for the issue, which has led to what the head of the National Security Agency called the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.” “We need to get some norms and rules,” one senior American official told The New York Times. But China has insisted it, too, is the victim of the hackers, making any progress difficult.

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