King: Chinese spying proves need for cyber security bill

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenators roll out bipartisan gun proposal Dem Senate campaign chair endorses Clinton Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy MORE (I-Maine) applauded the Department of Justice’s decision to charge five Chinese soldiers for cyber spying on U.S. companies but said Congress should also pass a comprehensive cyber security bill.

“For far too long hackers in China have stolen our intellectual property, our technology blueprints, our business plans — in effect, our ideas — which has put some Americans in manufacturing states like Maine out of work,” King said Monday. “It’s time we fight back.”

On Monday, DOJ announced it would for the first time ever bring criminal hacking charges against a foreign country, which has targeted U.S. nuclear, solar and metal industries.

“I welcome today’s announcement from the Attorney General and will continue to push for the long-overdue development of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation to combat these crimes,” King said.

The Senate tried to pass a bipartisan cyber security bill during the last congressional session, but lawmakers failed to reach a final deal that would have updated cyber protections for U.S. infrastructure. King’s colleague Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) led the efforts with former Sen. Joe Liberman (I-Conn.). 

King has urged Senate Intelligence Committee leaders to try again this year. He serves on that committee.

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