US, China Reaffirm Cooperation to Address Cybercrime & Network Protection

CyberCrimeKeyboardGovernment representatives from U.S. and China have reaffirmed the two countries’ commitment to cooperate on cybersecurity efforts such as cyber crime investigations and network protection.

The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Chinese public security ministry leader Guo Shengkun co-chaired the third U.S.-China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues.

Both countries agreed to cooperate on the investigation of hacking and cyber fraud incidents; share cybercrime-related leads and information; and identify priority cases for law enforcement cooperation, DHS added.

U.S. and China also plan to continue the provision of status reports to gauge the effectiveness of case cooperation.

DHS noted the two sides aim to hold remote or in-person meetings on network protection regularly and that the next meeting should be planned for 2017.

The two countries seek to host a roundtable discussion with technology companies on mutual cybersecurity concerns.

Both sides proposed to share malicious Internet Protocol addresses, malware samples, analytic products and network protection information; promote network hygiene and protection practices; and establish standard operating procedures on network protection cooperation.

The two nations also look to exchange feedback on the use of network protection information and regularly provide principals with summaries of collaborations.

U.S. and China plan to continue information sharing to mitigate the use of internet for terrorists and criminals.

The countries launched a hotline mechanism for cyber crime and related issues and both parties will run a routine review on the use of the hotline.

The two sides recommend to continue the annual dialogue and that the fourth event should be held in 2017.

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