SANS director Alan Paller reveals there have been organized, "disciplined" infiltrations of US defense contractors from within China. He says it
was possible for them to have stolen "extremely sensitive information" during these attacks.
US network attacks linked to Chinese military
December 13, 2005 - 11:11AM
A systematic effort by attackers to penetrate US government and industry computer networks stems most likely from the Chinese military, the head of a
leading security institute claims.
The attacks had been traced to the Chinese province of Guangdong, and the techniques used made it appear unlikely it came from any other source than
the military, said Alan Paller, the director of the SANS Institute, an education and research organisation focusing on cybersecurity. "These
attacks come from someone with intense discipline. No other organisation could do this if they were not a military organization,"
Paller said in
a conference call on Monday to announced a new cybersecurity education program.
During the attacks, Paller said, the perpetrators "were in and out with no keystroke errors and left no fingerprints, and created a backdoor in
less than 30 minutes.
How can this be done by anyone other than a military organisation?"
Paller said that despite what appeared to be a systematic effort to target government agencies and defence contractors, defences had remained weak in
many areas. "We know about major penetrations of defence contractors," he said.
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The Chinese communists are currently converting themselves into a military juggernaut and penetrating our defense systems with well-executed
infiltration. They have altered the communist state to produce a more American-like "results oriented" type economic system, but it is still
communism underneath and they are planning for war with the USA.
Combine this with recent deep US Navy espionage by Chinese spies in California and one wonders what secrets the US still holds.
[edit on 17-12-2005 by smallpeeps]