US to boost cyber defense in 2018 as president, defense secretary hints at military drills
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President Donald Trump said in a speech on Tuesday that he is “very encouraged” by the US Cyber Command’s plans to boost cybersecurity in the country.
Trump said that the US is “starting to move forward on cyber security and I’m very encouraged by that,” but declined to reveal the details.
The president’s remarks came during a keynote speech at the National Defense University (NDU) on Tuesday, where he was flanked by his chief of staff, Keith Kellogg, and Chief of Naval Operations Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin.
The NDU is a U.S. military think tank.
The speech came hours after a top intelligence official told Reuters that China is developing a new type of hacking tool to target the US.
The report comes as a new class of Chinese hacking tools has been discovered and has reportedly been deployed in military exercises in the Pacific.
The cyber attacks come amid an escalation in tensions between the US and China, which both view the US as a threat to their national security.
The US has repeatedly accused China of cyber espionage and cyber espionage operations, while the Chinese have repeatedly denied the accusations.
During the NDU address, Trump said cyber security is an area where the US should have a lot of success.
“We have been so successful, so successful,” he said.
“You look at what’s happened to the people of our country, they’ve seen what’s been happening to our country.
And you look at the things that we’re doing to cyber, we’ve got the best people in the world, but we’re not going to be able to be as successful as the Chinese in cyber.”
“They are now, you know, hacking and they are very good, very smart people.
They can hack your computer, they can hack their phones, they know how to hack you,” Trump said.
US intelligence officials have also said that China has been developing new methods of cyber attack, including a method of “dumping” malicious code onto targets that will be hidden in plain text.
“There’s a lot more to the story, but it’s an area that we should be very very careful about because the Chinese are using this new capability to do something very bad, very dangerous,” the NDQ’s Michael Bociurkiw said.
The Trump administration has been working to bolster the US’s cybersecurity posture in light of the massive hacks in recent months, including the theft of personal information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that was later revealed to be a front for Russia.
The new cyber threat has also been attributed to the US’ decision to drop a $500 million defense agreement with Taiwan, a move that the White House said had been taken to “strengthen” Taiwan.
President Donald Trump said in a speech on Tuesday that he is “very encouraged” by the US Cyber Command’s plans…