U.S. Joins Russia, UN in Talks to Curb Cyberspace Arms Race

December 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Many industrialized countries, including the United States are preparing to defend against the threat of advanced cyberwarfare, while at the same time quickly developing offensive cyberweapons of their own to wage attacks against enemy computer networks. The Bush administration rejected efforts by the Russians and the United Nations to begin talks on a cyberwarfare disarmament treaty. But in a distinct shift, the Obama administration is recognizing the growing threat of cybercrime and has participated in talks with the Russians and the UN arms control committee in Geneva, to begin the process of curbing an international cyberspace arms race.

According to a piece in Saturday’s NY Times, the thaw in relations with the Russians began with new “reset” talks on nuclear disarmament. Last month a Russian delegation met with its Washington counterparts from the National Security Council, the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. And soon after those positive talks, the US agreed to join the Russians to discuss cybersecurity with the United Nations committee on disarmament and international security. The Bush administration had steadfastly refused to participate in the talks with the committee.

The Russians are pushing for a disarmament treaty for cyberspace, but the US so far, is limiting the discussions to encouraging other nations to join with the US in opposing Internet crime and cooperating to stop cybercriminals.

Despite the differences in the approach between the US and Russia on cybersecurity, the talks represent a significant shift in US policy.

The United Nations discussions are resuming in New York in January, and the United States and Russia also plan to participate in the Russia-sponsored Internet security conference in Garmisch, Germany.

Source: New York Times


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