Doug Bedell — September 28, 2015, 12:38 pm

Chinese–U.S. Vow to End Computer Spying; Spam Too?

The U.S. and China, via their presidents talking with each other, have agreed not to “conduct economic espionage in cyberspace,” In Homeland Security reports via The Washington Post. That was a welcome outcome of the meeting between President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping last week in Washington.

On a lesser plane than espionage, though, don’t necessarily expect those spam messages from China to vanish immediately, if they do at all. It likely will take some time for the Chinese, if they so choose, to get the word out that spam is a relational bane, too. “The issues now,” said James A. Lewis, a cyber-expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “are making sure we can verify it and that there are consequences if they don’t live up to it.” We’ll see, partly (maybe) in our spam counts.

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