US lawmakers advised to consider hacking China back

The United States should think about allowing US companies to “hack back” if data is stolen by Chinese hackers.

Data lost in such attacks could be recovered or wiped, suggests a new report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

It says lost sales and fixing hacking damage have cost US firms tens of billions of dollars, with trade secrets being given to Chinese companies.

The commission is typically very critical of the Chinese government.

The report, which is due to be released on Wednesday, describes the American response to hacking attacks on domestic firms as “inadequate” and says the US is “ill-prepared” to defend itself from cyber-espionage.

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