U.S. counterintelligence chief Bill Evanina said on Wednesday he was skeptical that China has followed through on recent promises to curb spying on the United States.
Evanina told a briefing that he has seen “no indication” from the U.S. private sector “that anything has changed” in the extent of Chinese espionage against the United States.
He said 90 percent of private sector and government data systems intrusions are enabled by “spear-phishing,” adding that spear-phishing played a role in the massive hack of security clearance data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Evanina’s comments come ahead of planned ministerial-level talks between the United States and China on Dec. 1 and 2 to discuss an anti-hacking accord brokered between the two nations in September.
That agreement, reached during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official state visit to Washington, included promises that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages.
Earlier this week, the G-20 pledged to comply with a similar set of cybersecurity rules barring commercial espionage. Read more