Norfolk Rep. to file legislation citing new Marriott cyberattack
BOSTON—State Representative Shawn R. Dooley (R-Norfolk) today said he will file legislation in the next session to prevent further purchases of transit rail cars from the China Railway Rollingstock Corporation (CRRC) by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“the T”.)
Dooley, recently re-elected to represent the 9th Norfolk District in the House, authored a column that was published by Commonwealth Magazine in October, “T Invites Enemy State Into Our Midst,” where he raised concerns about the T’s business support for the Chinese government through CRRC and warning that China’s pattern of cyber-attack activity was escalating and “happening not just in Washington – they are taking place everywhere, and Massachusetts is far from immune.”
“I can say I was alarmed by the scope of the recent Marriott data breach and cyberattack by China but I can’t say I was all that surprised. What is surprising, and what should be alarming, is that the T is making huge purchases from CRRC, a company owned and controlled by the same Chinese government that just perpetrated this massive attack,” Dooley said. “Everyone knows that China plays the long game and that their laying the groundwork for control of vital transportation and distribution channels could have dire consequences if their actions turn hostile. The T needs to stop subsidizing such an aggressive adversary, especially one that just stole 500 million consumer data files” Dooley added.
“The sophistication of the Chinese effort is no better illustrated by the insidiousness of how it has lured the T as an ally,” Dooley stated. “The Chinese government puts up the capital to locate a manufacturing facility in the Commonwealth, undercuts legitimate free market based competition, and lands a huge contract worth hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars under the guise of being a local company,” Dooley added. “It’s a ruse and nothing more than what a powerful and well-funded espionage actor does,” Dooley said.
“We need a law in the Commonwealth, plain and simple, that makes it illegal for the T to do business with nations designated as non-market economies and not put our future security at risk,” Dooley maintained. “I look forward to introducing this legislation to begin that process and hope to have significant bipartisan support from my fellow legislators,” Dooley said.