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House Republican Leaders Seek Action Against Chinese Hackers


Washington, DC – The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted even more the need to hold bad actors like China accountable. The Chinese government has made clear it will stop at nothing to become the world’s technological and economic leader, and their attempts to undermine the severity of the novel coronavirus, which started on their soil, is only one of their recent harmful actions.

Earlier this week, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Foreign Affairs Committee Republican Leader Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Financial Services Republican Leader Patrick McHenry (R-NC) wrote a letter to President Trump urging action from the administration, including imposing sanctions, to hold China-linked hackers accountable. Today, the Department of Justice indicted two Chinese hackers – working on behalf of the Chinese government – on 11 counts of hacking in an effort to access critical information, including sensitive data about potential COVID-19 vaccines. This is a strong step in the right direction, but more must be done.

“As the world responds to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis exacerbated by the CCP cover up, the PRC’s cyber-attacks have only grown more aggressive. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI just last month publicly accused PRC-linked hackers of targeting U.S. institutions and “attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property (IP) and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with COVID-19-related research.” Such activity puts the very lives of our citizens at risk,” the committee leaders wrote.

You can read the full letter HERE and learn more below in The Washington Post’s The Cybersecurity 202, POLITICO Weekly Cybersecurity, the Hill, the Washington Free Beacon, and Multichannel News.

The Washington Post

The Cybersecurity 202: Russia and China’s vaccine hacks don’t violate rules of road for cyberspace, experts say

By Joseph Marks

July 20, 2020

Several top GOP lawmakers are taking their concerns about Chinese vaccine hacking straight to the president.

They’re calling on Trump to sanction Chinese government hackers for stealing that research and other data in a letter this morning, saying it “puts the very lives of our citizens at risk.” The letter was signed by Reps. Michael McCaul (Texas), leading Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Greg Walden (Ore.), leading Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Patrick McHenry (N.C.), leading Republican on the Financial Services Committee.

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POLITICO Pro Morning Cybersecurity


By Tim Starks

July 20, 2020

The top Republicans on the House Financial Services, Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce panels this morning are requesting a classified briefing from the Treasury and State departments on Chinese hackers targeting the U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Michael McCaul of Texas and Greg Walden of Oregon said in excerpts shared with MC that “for many years,” the U.S. has made the mistake of thinking that “positive engagement” with China would deter cyber intrusions.

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The Hill

House Republicans urge Trump to take action against Chinese hackers targeting coronavirus research

By Maggie Miller

July 20, 2020

The top Republicans on three House committees urged President Trump Monday to crack down on efforts by Chinese government-backed hackers to target and steal health data and research related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Financial Service Committee ranking member Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) detailed their concerns in a letter, raising the idea of levying sanctions against the hacking efforts by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

“For many years, the PRC has perpetrated cyber-attacks on Americans, our financial institutions, and even the U.S. government itself,” the GOP members wrote. “The response to this orchestrated malicious activity was always muted, however, with hopes that leniency toward PRC aggression would foster greater economic cooperation and deeper diplomatic ties.”


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The Washington Free Beacon

GOP Seeks Sanctions On Chinese Hackers Stealing Coronavirus Vaccine Info

By Adam Kredo

July 20, 2020

Leading Republican lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to issue new sanctions on China for its attempts to hack proprietary information from the United States about the coronavirus and possible vaccines being developed.

Reps. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), Greg Walden (R., Ore.), and Patrick McHenry (R., N.C.) petitioned the Trump administration on Monday to provide them with a classified briefing detailing the “scope, number, and success rates” of Chinese-sponsored hack attacks on America. They are also seeking information on whether the Treasury Department is working on sanctions that would target these state-backed hackers.

Recent reports indicate that Chinese government-backed hackers have stepped up their attacks on the U.S. government and medical research institutions that are working on vaccines for the coronavirus.

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Multichannel News

House GOP Leaders to POTUS: Get Tougher on CCP Hackers

By John Eggerton

July 20, 2020

Some top Republican lawmakers want President Trump to come down harder on hackers from the People’s republic of China, saying his Administration has needs to do more to combat what amounts to a threat on American lives.

In a letter to the President dated Monday (July 20), Greg Walden (Ore.), Michael McCaul (Texas) and Patrick McHenry (N.C.), the ranking members of the House Energy & Commerce. Foreign Affairs and Financial Services committees, respectively, thanked the President for what he has done so far, but said Treasury “has not sufficiently imposed sanctions [on PRC-linked hackers or those that benefit from such theft] for cyberattacks on Americans,” activity that “puts the very citizens of our lives at risk.”

The trio of Republicans want a briefing from the Department of Treasure (and State) as well as whichever other agency the President deems relevant, so they can get a sense of the scope both of the attacks and the U.S. response.

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