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Microsoft, Huawei Join in Cybersecurity Message

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Chinese antitrust regulators are investigating Microsoft, and Huawei has been shut out of the U.S. telecommunications-equipment market over concerns it might be a front for cyberspying. None of that is good for business. And now the two have joined forces in a "buyers guide," meant to allay fears that each new information-technology contract poses a cybersecurity threat. Aimed at governments and corporations shopping for information- and communications-technology products and services, it was produced in cooperation with the nonprofit EastWest Institute. Rather than reviews and rankings, this buyers guide offers a discussion of security issues in technology development, manufacturing, distribution and supply-chain management.


China's New Cybersecurity Law Rattles Foreign Tech Firms

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

BEIJING--China's government has approved a broad new cybersecurity law aimed at tightening and centralizing state control over information flows and technology equipment, raising concerns among foreign companies operating in the country. The law, passed by the standing committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament and made public on Monday, says agencies and enterprises must improve their ability to defend against network intrusions while demanding security reviews for equipment and data in strategic sectors. The law also makes censorship a matter of cybersecurity, threatening to punish companies that allow unapproved information to circulate online. It further requires network operators to provide "technical support" to authorities for national security and criminal investigations. The law drew criticism from foreign business groups due to the expansive list of sectors that are defined as part of China's "critical information infrastructure," making sectors including telecommunications, energy, transportation, information services and finance subject to security checks.


China new cybersecurity law seen hitting foreign firms hardest

The Japan Times

BEIJING – Just days before China's new cybersecurity law goes into force, foreign companies are grappling with rules that could tighten what is already one of the world's most restricted technology regimes. Recent changes to the language of the law ahead of its June 1 implementation, such as a broader definition of those affected, could drag in a wider array of services and products. While industry groups are lobbying for a delay, the government is moving ahead. China is bringing in a raft of new measures, giving the government unprecedented access to foreign companies' technology, as it bolsters control of the collection and movement of data. Forcing companies to store information within the mainland has already led some to tap cloud computing providers with more local server capacity, a potential boon to homegrown Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings at the expense of Amazon.com and Microsoft.


Despite opposition from overseas, China adopts controversial cybersecurity law

The Japan Times

BEIJING – China on Monday adopted a controversial cybersecurity law to counter what Beijing says are growing threats such as hacking and terrorism, although the law has triggered concern from foreign business and rights groups. The legislation, passed by China's largely rubber-stamp parliament and set to come into effect next June, is an "objective need" of China as a major internet power, a parliament official said. Overseas critics of the law argue it threatens to shut foreign technology companies out of various sectors deemed "critical," and includes contentious requirements for security reviews and for data to be stored on servers located in China. Rights advocates also say the law will enhance restrictions on China's internet, already subject to the world's most sophisticated online censorship mechanism, known outside the country as the Great Firewall. Yang Heqing, an official on the National People's Congress standing committee, said the internet was already deeply linked to China's national security and development.


For China, Russia is more cyberprey than cyberpredator, firm says

The Japan Times

MOSCOW – While the West sees Russia as a cyberpredator, hackers in the East increasingly view it as prey, according to online security company Kaspersky Lab, which says there's been a sharp spike in attacks from China. Cases of Chinese hacking of Russian industries including defense, nuclear, and aviation rose almost threefold to 194 in the first seven months of this year from 72 in the whole of 2015, according to Alexander Gostev, the Moscow-based company's chief security expert. Proofpoint, a California-based cybersecurity company, also reported an increase in Chinese attacks on Russia. The hacking is going on "despite the officially promoted friendship between Russia and China and accords on cyber security, cooperation and non-aggression" between the two governments, Gostev said in an interview. "I don't see them working."