US, China to set up work­ing group on cyber se­cu­rity


China and the United States will set up a work­ing group on cyber se­cu­rity, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has said. John Kerry who was on an of­fi­cial visit to China said in Bei­jing that the two coun­tries had agreed on the need to speed up ac­tion on cyber se­cu­rity, an area that Wash­ing­ton says is its top national se­cu­rity con­cern.

Kerry said “Cy­ber­se­cu­rity af­fects the fi­nan­cial sec­tor, banks, fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions, ev­ery as­pect of na­tions in mod­ern times are af­fected by the use of cy­ber­net­work­ing and ob­vi­ously all of us— ev­ery na­tion—has an in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing its peo­ple, pro­tect­ing its rights, pro­tect­ing its in­fra­struc­ture”.

China’s For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi re­port­edly told Kerry in their meet­ing that China and the United States should make joint ef­forts to safe­guard cy­berspace.

Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton have traded ac­cu­sa­tions in re­cent months of mas­sive cyber in­tru­sions. The United States says hack­ing at­tacks em­a­nat­ing from China have tar­geted US Govern­ment and cor­po­rate com­puter net­works among oth­ers, steal­ing govern­ment and com­mer­cial data.

A US com­puter se­cu­rity firm re­leased a re­port in Fe­bru­ary say-

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