Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHAT KIND OF SANCTION WILL THE US GIVE TO CHINA WITH RESPECT TO THE CHINESE CYBER ATTACK ON US CORONA VIRUS RESEARCH
Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
This question makes an assumption based on a US government allegation without proof. Please read the below-linked CNN report critically, and you will note that NOWHERE in this report does the author mention any proof at all. The wording always contains the word “likely” but never does this report lead the reader to any conclusive evidence. In one case, the writer quotes an official saying “it would be crazy not to believe…” that the Chinese did not hack … etc.
US formally warns China is launching cyberattacks to steal coronavirus research
The government is not only making accusations, it is issuing formal official warnings to China. That is a very major step to be taking without any evidence whatsoever.
The same pattern can be observed in this VOA article:
Here we see that there are also other countries involved in the hacking of medical research. So why single out China? Because elections are coming up and the administration needs a scapegoat to show it is cracking down on cyber-crime. There’s not enough time to find out who the real hacker is, and China is the whipping boy du jour. So it would be crazy not to accuse China.
In a court of law, no judge would ever convict a suspect on the strength of a statement by a prosecutor alleging that the suspect “likely” committed a crime. Nor would any judge be moved by a statement such as “you would be crazy not to assume that the suspect committed the crime of which he is accused.” Sounds convincing to the uninitiated but does not take the accuser one step closer to the truth. The judge, after learning that there was no further proof, would immediately throw out the case and set the suspect free. The prosecutor must have evidence before he makes an allegation, and as soon as he says “likely” in his final pleading after presenting zero evidence, that means the suspect must be set free until such time as evidence is found and the case is reopened. The US is so used to making proofless accusations, and the public is so used to reading in the press about a “likely” circumstance or event that the poor news consumer is now conditioned to equate a “likely” crime or misdemeanor with a REAL crime or misdemeanor. This is in fact a total lack of professionalism on the part of the government, and a news service that reports such baseless allegations without explicitly warning the reader that there is no proof stated by the government, is equally guilty of misleading the public. It is this sort of shoddy reporting that leads to wars.
Remember, Folks, how the allegation that Saddam was using weapons of mass destruction led to a war that cost US tax payers trillions, killed millions of people, and ultimately led to the creation of ISIS. With our hasty conclusions and our juvenile need for an enemy, we are again following the Pied Piper down the road to the river and are eagerly waiting to jump right in!
So who’s to blame for the hacking attacks? Remember that the US has pulled out of WHO, an international agency with a mission to share information, not sequester it in secrecy. In a sane world, all nations would be sharing information freely because the whole world is at risk. But the US has led the rest of the world to make this a zero-sum game, with everyone competing instead of sharing, because for the Washington syndicate, preserving the current brand of predatory capitalism is more important than the welfare of the collective. This each-man-for-himself policy is one of the main reasons no cure or vaccine has yet been found. And the US is leading the chaos as usual. And blaming China as usual.