Please don't misinterpret my post today as being the least bit sympathetic to China. The current Mad Magazine version of Spy-vs-Spy unfolding by our bumbling policy engine is really kind of funny, and demonstrates the ludicrous futility of playing defense only. We could…drum roll…eliminate international shenanigans virtually overnight by adopting The Morgan Doctrine of privatizing international cyber security with licensed and bonded cyber privateers.
The Obama administration makes a distinction between hacking to protect national security, which it calls fair play, and hacking to obtain trade secrets that would give an edge to corporations, which it says is illegal. China and other nations accuse the United States of being the biggest perpetrator of both kinds of espionage.