As the New York Times teaches China’s spies that the old saying “Never argue with the man who buys ink by the barrel” still holds true in the cyber age, it might be useful to put this new turn in cybersecurity issues into context.
Explore Ken Lieberthal’s and my report on the impact that cybersecurity has been having on US-China relations [PDF] (note: there is already a Chinese language version [PDF] on the Brookings website, so that the poor fellows busy in UNIT 61398 don’t have to worry about translation) and my work on explaining these Advanced Persistant Threat campaigns.
[North Korea wants to participate in the Olympic games in South Korea as] another way to show the world North Korea's muscle - literally. [The regime] wants to present and show off their athletes. The amount of resources they put into this as a poor country is quite high. It's serious that they made that initiative and are actually showing up and trying to cooperate, at least in terms of Olympic participation.