Carly Fiorina: Make cyber warfare ‘very painful’ for China

( Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina has a message she would send to China if elected to the Oval Office next year: She would make it “very painful” for Beijing if they continue to hack U.S. computer systems.

As reported by The Hill, Fiorina, the former CEO of tech giant Hewlett Packard, said recently during an interview on Meet the Press that the current administration shouldn’t wait for more attacks, that the Obama Administration should pledge now to make it “very painful for the Chinese” as the country is blamed for more and more destructive hacks.

“We’ve known for over a decade the Chinese were coming after our most important systems,” she said during the Aug. 23 interview.

“We ought to make it very painful for the Chinese to be aggressive in cyber warfare,” Fiorina said.

She has been an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration’s dealings with China, especially in the wake of last spring’s massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). That hack exposed the data of some 21 million current and former federal employees, contractors and others, to include, potentially, U.S. military special operations troops and American operatives overseas.

Federal officials linked the hack back to China, but the White House has not publicly made that accusation.

“China is rapidly evolving from a sometime partner, sometime competitor, into an adversary,” Fiorina said on Facebook in June. She called for a leader who will “confront our adversaries abroad.”

She also repeated earlier calls for collaboration between private U.S. businesses and the federal government to help deter or prevent budding cybersecurity risks.

During the interview, Fiorina called on the GOP-led Congress to pass the now-shelved Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, noting that it has been “languishing, frankly… for several years now.”

Some have criticized CISA, charging that it will allow the federal government to collect virtually all electronic data at will, and without the Constitutionally required court-ordered warrant from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Others have said CISA is merely intended to improve national cybersecurity by facilitating an exchange of threat data between the public and private sectors.

“We need to get that bill passed so that level of collaboration is possible,” Fiorina said.

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