U.S. Aims to Bolster Overseas Fight Against Cybercrime

Tuesday Mar 23rd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Google isn't the organization taking action in the wake of the recent Chinese cyberattacks; the U.S. State Department wants to set up an ambassador-level cybersecurity post and tie foreign aid to a country's record on fighting cybercrime.

Wall Street Journal: In response to the recent Chinese cyberattacks on Google and other U.S. companies, the U.S. State Department also wants to beef up its cybersecurity efforts. The agency proposes establishing a new ambassador-level cybersecurity post and tying foreign aid to how well a country succeeds at efforts to fight online crime.

The new "cyber ambassador" would take on responsibilities like negotiating on cybersecurity issues at the U.N. and ensuring that the country's international cybersecurity policies remain consistent.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) are planning to bring up the proposals on Tuesday.

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