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US government and other computer networks have been penetrated on numerous occasions over the past year in cyber intrusions that appear to have originated in China, a Pentagon report said Monday.
The report said the intrusions could not be definitively traced back to the Chinese government or military.
But David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said they were a growing source of concern.
The intrusions "are certainly consistent with what you would need if you were going to actually carry out cyber warfare," he said at a briefing on the Pentagon's annual report on China's military power.
"And the kinds of activities that are carried out are consistent with a lot of writings we see from Chinese military and Chinese military theorists," he said.
The Pentagon report noted that FBI officials have accused China of running a "wide-ranging and aggressive effort" to acquire advanced technologies from the United States.
The Homeland Security Department is getting ready to lead foreign governments, corporations, states and federal agencies on a second round of cyber war games.
During the second week of March, nine states, four foreign governments, 18 federal agencies and 40 private companies will participate in Cyber Storm II — a weeklong simulation designed to better prepare the players for cyberattacks. DHS, FBI and the Defense Department are among the federal agencies that will participate.
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And the world is supposed to consider China a threat?
China’s anti-satellite and space warfare program includes plans to destroy or incapacitate 'every enemy space vehicle' that passes over China.
The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, released last week, listed among Beijing's goals that of ensuring that Chinese space weapons are “conducted covertly so China can maintain a positive international image.” China has called for a ban on space weapons at the United Nations.
In the aftermath of President George W Bush's recent tour of the Persian Gulf, coinciding with a similar trip by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, culminating in a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a small French base, Iran's security calculus has changed. It has almost reached the point of Tehran considering the option of reciprocating the perceived excess Western intrusion into its vicinity by allowing a military base for China at one of Iran's Persian Gulf ports or on one of its islands.
In 1999, the Clinton administration offered the PLAAF the latest in advanced “mobile radars,” command and control systems, GPS navigation, and “surveillance avionics” such as “air to air,” “air to ground,” and “surface area movement” surveillance radars.
The FAA documents forced from the Clinton administration by the Freedom of Information Act also show extensive briefings on GPS technology given to the PLAAF officers. One such document describes in English and Chinese the workings of the GPS “space segment” and the system’s “ground control segment” including the central control location in Colorado.
The document also details how GPS works using “triangulation from satellites” to “measure distances using the travel time of a radio signal” and “very accurate clocks.”
The Clinton gift of GPS technology to Beijing also gave the People’s Liberation Army a new offensive punch.
It is known that Chinese air force aircraft are often equipped with U.S. GPS receivers for navigation and more accurate bombing. In addition, many of the aircraft and missiles sold by China to Iran and Sudan are equipped with GPS systems.
So on Monday, the Pentagon turned out a 66-page report to help Congress foster its own fears. It's part of a symbiotic relationship: Congress orders the study, and then lawmakers get to cite it as justification for buying more weapons. Some in national-security circles refer to the phenomenon as a "self-licking ice cream cone."
But unlike the old Soviet Union, the Pentagon can't quite cite a clear and present danger. So it's pointing to China's secretiveness as justification for assuming the worst. "The lack of transparency in China's military and security affairs poses risks to stability by increasing the potential for misunderstanding and miscalculation," the report said. "This situation will naturally lead to hedging against the unknown." The Pentagon adds that China spent up to $139 billion on its military, up to three times its declared budget (but only about a quarter of the Pentagon's).