By Ramsey Cox
Sen. Angus King (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.”
“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.