12:08 GMT28 July 2021
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    According to Justice Department, United States and China have reached an agreement on establishing guidelines for requesting cybercrime-related assistance.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The United States and China have reached an agreement on establishing guidelines for requesting cybercrime-related assistance, the Justice Department informs.

    "These guidelines will establish common understanding and expectations regarding the information to be included in such requests and the timeliness of responses," the Justice Department said on Wednesday, adding that "Both sides decided to further develop case cooperation on combatting cyber-enabled crimes."

    The agreement was reached in the course of a meeting between US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun in Washington DC.

    The first US-China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues comes after US President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in September, where the two leaders discussed cybercrime, trade, global security, military relations and humanitarian aid.

    In recent years, US businesses and government agencies have fallen victim to numerous cyberattacks from a variety of actors with criminal, economic or political motivations.

    In April, the Office of Personnel Management acknowledged that hackers have attacked its networks, compromising the personal data of more than 21 million current and former US government employees.

    Media cited US officials blaming China for the hack, but China has rejected any involvement in in the cyberattacks.

    New ties on cybersecurity were established during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, DC in late September.


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