U.S., EU Plan Joint Foreign Aid for Cybersecurity to Counter China

The U.S. and European Union are planning the introduction of joint funding for digital infrastructure.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the effort marks the first time the EU and U.S. will work together to fund and help protect other countries’ critical infrastructure against cyberattacks. By working together on cybersecurity, the EU and U.S. aim to help countries that otherwise might be eager to accept funding from China, an EU official said.

Initial projects, likely in Africa or Latin America, could be under way by the end of the year, officials said. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underscored the importance of supporting telecommunications networks and other hardware in countries vulnerable to nation-state cyberattacks, they said.

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