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Chinese Hacking Report Do Not Affect Pentagon-Japan Intelligence Sharing: Here’s Why

Chinese Hacking Report Do Not Affect Pentagon-Japan Intelligence Sharing: Here's Why (Photo: EN Media7)
Chinese Hacking Report Do Not Affect Pentagon-Japan Intelligence Sharing: Here's Why (Photo: EN Media7)

A recent Chinese hacking report suggests that Chinese military hackers breached Japan’s classified defense networks, but the Pentagon is standing firm in its commitment to sharing intelligence with Japan.

Despite the concerns raised by the Chinese hacking report, Deputy Pentagon press Secretary Sabrina Singh refrained from offering a direct comment on the specifics of the breach. (Photo: Defense Communities)

Despite the concerns raised by the Chinese hacking report, Deputy Pentagon press Secretary Sabrina Singh refrained from offering a direct comment on the specifics of the breach. (Photo: Defense Communities)

Chinese Hacking Reports

Despite concerns raised by the Chinese hacking report, Deputy Pentagon press Secretary Sabrina Singh expressed confidence in the ongoing partnership between the two nations, a published article reported.

Relying on unnamed current and former US and Japanese officials claimed that Chinese military hackers gained unauthorized access to Japan’s classified defense networks in 2020. This Chinese hacking report allegedly allowed them to gather information about Japan’s military capabilities, plans, and assessments of vulnerabilities.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, addressing the Chinese hacking report in a regular press briefing, indicated that the Japanese government could not yet verify whether any sensitive security information had been leaked as a result of the cyberattack.

The nature of the matter makes providing detailed communication difficult, Matsuno added.

Despite the concerns raised by the Chinese hacking report, Singh refrained from offering a direct comment on the specifics of the breach. She emphasized that the Pentagon has faith in its intelligence-sharing relationship with Japan and expressed optimism that the collaboration would endure.

The United States National Security Agency has yet to respond to requests for comment on the Chinese hacking report breach. This revelation comes at a time when the United States, Japan, and South Korea are preparing for a trilateral summit. During this summit, the three allies are expected to announce strengthened security cooperation to address rising concerns related to China.

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Japan’s Response to Chinese Hacking Reports

In response to inquiries about the Chinese hacking report, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary highlighted the longstanding communication between Japan and the United States across various levels.

He acknowledged the significance of cybersecurity in maintaining the Japan-US alliance and affirmed Japan’s commitment to securing its networks.

At present, no official response has been issued by Beijing regarding the Chinese hacking report and hacking allegations. As preparations for the trilateral summit continue, discussions between the United States, Japan, and South Korea are centered on enhancing their collaborative efforts on security matters.

Plans include the establishment of a trilateral leader-level hotline, intensified joint exercises, and a collective approach to bolster cybersecurity, missile defense, and economic security.

As the situation evolves, both the United States and Japan are poised to address the challenges posed by cybersecurity breaches and Chinese hacking reports while continuing to foster a robust intelligence-sharing partnership.

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