Tuesday, September 29, 2015

U.S. Intelligence Director not optimistic On U.S. - China Anti-Hacking Deal

Nominee for Director of National Intelligence retired Gen. James Clapper speaks alongside President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden Saturday June 5. Newscom

The Hill: Spy chief skeptical of Obama's anti-hacking deal with China

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper doesn’t have high expectations for the recently inked agreement between the U.S. and China to not hack private companies.

“Hope springs eternal,” Clapper told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday morning. “I think we will have to watch their behavior and it will be incumbent on the intelligence community to depict to policymakers what behavior changes, if any, result from this agreement."

Asked by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) whether he was optimistic that the agreement would result in a reduction of hacks on U.S. companies, Clapper replied with one word: “No.”

Update: US intel official not optimistic about cyber deal with China -- AP

WNU Editor: He is probably right.

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