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US launches cybersecurity office amid ‘hacking’ accusations – Reuters


Washington commits diplomatic resources to cybersecurity and ‘digital freedom’ as Russia and China denounce cyberattacks

The US Office of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP) has begun operating, the State Department announced Monday. The office is divided into three branches dedicated to “security of cyberspace”, “international information and communications policy”, and “digital freedom”.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Bachus, a career diplomat, will lead the office until a Goodwill Ambassador is confirmed to take her place. Bachus previously served in the Czech Republic, Kosovo, France, Vietnam and Jamaica.

In prepared remarks announcing the launch of the office, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “Democracies must collectively answer the question of whether universal rights and democratic values ​​will be at the center of our digital lives.

During the Trump administration’s 2017 overhaul of the State Department, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson abolished the Office of Cyber ​​Issues Coordination, which was created under the Obama administration to manage US diplomatic efforts to negotiate cyberspace rules and expectations, assigning cybersecurity responsibilities to the much broader Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

The inauguration of the CDP Office is one more indicator that cybersecurity remains at the center of international affairs as the United States and its allies compete with adversaries like Russia and China.

Just last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that “hackers and anonymous provocateurs” composing an “army of cyber-mercenaries” sympathetic to kyiv and centered in the United States carry out hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks against Russian government institutions, media and critical infrastructure, warning of “serious consequences” for managers.

Earlier in March, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the “greatest of all time” A cyberattack in the country’s history had taken the websites of its ministries of interior, health, justice and welfare as well as the prime minister’s office offline, while the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreign countries denounced the United States as a “piracy empire” accusing him of using Chinese networks as “springboard” launch cyberattacks against Russia and Belarus.

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