America’s Response to China’s Cyber Espionage: A Paper Tiger?

For decades, the People’s Republic of China has pursued a kind of cyberwar against its perceived enemies, including the Dalai Lama, India, Western countries generally, and, with special vigor, the United States. On May 1st, America launched its first publicly-known counterattack, not with bullets or bits, or bytes, but with words. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted five named People’s Liberation Army officers for economic espionage targeted at U.S. companies in the nuclear power, solar energy, and metals sectors.