Obama Says Cyber Hacking Can't Become 'Wild, Wild West'

The president warns against acts of conflict by countries "with significant cyber capacity."
2:17 | 09/05/16

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Transcript for Obama Says Cyber Hacking Can't Become 'Wild, Wild West'
We did talk about cyber security. Generally a minor comment on specific investigations that are. Still alive and active. But I will tell you that. We've had problems were. Cyber intrusions. From Russia in the past. From other countries in the past. And look we're we're moving into a new area here. We're a number of countries have significant capacities. And frankly we got more pastor Edward both offensively and defense. But our goal is not. To subtle way in the cyber arena duplicate. A cycle of escalation. That we saw when it comes to a and other. Arms races in the past but rather to start instituting some norms so that. Everybody's acting responsible. We're gonna have enough problems in the cyberspace what non state actors. Who are engaging in theft and using the Internet for. All kinds of illicit practices and protecting. Critical infrastructure. And making sure that our financial systems are sound. And what we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes. The wild wild west where. Countries that have significant cyber capacity. Start. Engaging in competition. Unhealthy competition or conflict. Through these means. When. You know I think wisely we put in place. Some norm sort of comes to using other weapons. So. That's been a topic of conversation we're pros improvement as has been where. Other countries we've started to. Get some. Willingness on the part of a lot of countries around the world including George each won a process. To adopt. These norms but we've got to make sure there were observing.

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