US, China face cyber security threats: Pentagon chief

Singapore, June 1 (IANS) Cyber security threats are a threat to not only to the US, but also other countries including China, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

“They are threats to China. They are threats to every country. We share those common interests,” the Pentagon chief told an audience that included the defence ministers and military commanders from countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Hagel, who recounted his experience of visiting China in the 1980s as a co-founder of a cellular telephone company, said he saw cyber security threats as an example of the accompanying challenges that come with emerging technologies, reported Xinhua.

The cyber security threats have been a topic of discussions recently, with some saying that part of the attacks came from China. China denied it and said that it faced cyber security threats as any other countries.

Hagel said that it is not easy to identify who was behind a cyber attack.

“This is also one of the situations that puts you in risk of dangerous miscalculations and mistakes as to who was behind an attack,” he said.

The approach to addressing such challenges is a common interest approach, the US defense secretary said.

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