U.S. initiative warns firms of hacking by China, other countries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Monday launched a drive to push U.S. firms to better protect their trade secrets from foreign hackers, following a slew of cases accusing individuals and companies of economic espionage for China.

U.S. companies hit by recent attacks included Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co and International Business Machines Corp. IBM said it had no evidence that sensitive corporate data had been compromised. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has said the security of HPE customer data is a “top priority.”

The National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, which coordinates counter-intelligence efforts within the U.S. government, launched the outreach campaign to address persistent concerns that many companies are not doing enough to guard against cyber theft.

The Center is worried about cyber attacks on U.S. government agencies and the private sector from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.

Top corporate executives and directors should “know the intent

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