Last week China and Russia and former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers thinks it is all a threat to humanity.
“I think this is a huge, bad step for the internet and economic prosperity on the internet moving forward,” Rogers said. Russia and China promised not to hack each other.
“They’re going to focus those resources on the United States, and I think any innovative economy in the world, which is bad for the rest of the innovative economies in the world,” Rogers said.
The two countries will also jointly develop technology that protects their “socio-economic atmosphere,” including campaigns to thwart technologies that might “disturb public order” or “interfere with affairs of the state,” he said
“Meaning,” Rogers said, “it will be the mother of all dissent trackers. You won’t be able to have a moment of peace if you’re a dissenter in China or Russia. And they’re going to work together on that, which I found fascinating.”
Russia and China are widely regarded as the United States’ two main cyber adversaries. Both boast first-tier hacking capabilities and work to keep a tight grip on what appears online.
“They’re creating this alternative out there, that they say is just an alternative, to what we would know as the internet,” he said. “They’re going to go take it to developing countries.”
Economies are rapidly developing in Africa and Southeast Asia, and Rogers worries China and Russia will export their version of the internet to these locations. The result could be restricted global access to products and ideas in the region.
“It is something [Russia and China] will be able to control,” he said. Traffic to these countries “doesn’t have to go through the World Wide Web anymore. It goes through this system, which has been set up mainly by China.”
“They’re very patient; they’re planning this out,” Rogers said. “If you look at their actions, they’re very concrete. It’s very directional. It has a serious outcome, and you can see exactly what they’re doing with this first step with this pact.”