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Cyber intrusions appear to have originated in China: US

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posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 08:54 PM

Cyber intrusions appear to have originated in China: US

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.

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posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 08:54 PM
Interesting they make this report just after they announce China And US Nuclear Talks Lead To New Military Hotline. For them to have a hotline means there has to be major reoccurring problems. I don't think they need a military hotline for stock market alerts.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:07 PM
I thought this was a interesting article which adds to the above article.
China is speeding up its military buildup and developing high-technology forces for waging wars beyond Taiwan, according to the Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military power.
The report said U.S.-China defense ties are improving and that Beijing agreed Friday to set up a telephone communications link between the U.S. and Chinese military that could be operational this month.

Key finding of the report include:

• China's military spending continues to increase by double-digit figures and that official Chinese claims of spending $45 billion are short of actual spending, which could be as much as $139 billion

• China has deployed between 990 and 1,070 CSS-6 and CSS-7 short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) to garrisons opposite Taiwan and is adding more than 100 missiles per year, including more advanced systems.

• Chinese computer hackers have launched sophisticated strikes on computer networks around the world in the past year, including U.S. government networks, that might be the work of the Chinese government.

• China's strategy of defense includes conducting pre-emptive attacks "if the use of force protects or advances core interests, including territorial claims, for example, Taiwan and unresolved border or maritime claims."

• China's anti-satellite weapon test in January 2007 shows that the military's space warfare capability is “more than theoretical.” Additional space weapons include jammers, laser blinders and microwave weapons to disable satellites and ground stations.

• China is engaged in "wide-ranging espionage" targeting officials, businessmen and scientists prompting more than 400 U.S. investigations..

• China's military buildup is shifting the cross-Strait military balance in its favor, through a long-term expansion designed to fight "local wars" with high-tech weapons using speed, precision targeting, mobility, and the role of information technology as a force multiplier.

The report counters the findings of U.S. intelligence analysts who have sought to play down China's buildup by saying it is limited to preparing to fight a war against Taiwan.

The report stated that while the near-term focus is on a Taiwan conflict. "long-term trends suggest China is building a force scoped for operations beyond Taiwan."

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:11 PM
Cut the cables boys!!! China deserves what ever they get. They are ruining our economy with their unfair trade practices and now this. I say its time for some payback.

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:16 PM
Cyber Storm II planed by FEMA

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.

Hopefully they are smart and don't let there plan for defence fall into the wrong hands. Four other countries involed. I would say they include China and Russia because they both love to hack our government.

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:32 PM
I don't get all the hysteria about China's "military buildup" - the US is in no position to go around complaining about other countries' military modernization programs, considering that the US has the most ridiculously overpowered military on the planet, and China is nowhere near parity with us, despite being a far larger country.

China hasn't been in a war since 1979.
Contrast that with the US, which seems to attack a new overseas "enemy" every two or three years.

And the world is supposed to consider China a threat?
Get real

[edit on 3/3/08 by xmotex]

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 09:56 PM

Originally posted by xmotex
And the world is supposed to consider China a threat?
Get real

I would. They have interests in both ends of the Panama Canal and are running operations all thru that country.

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 10:04 PM
Yes, so unlike the US, which has no foreign economic interests or military deployments whatsoever

And unlike our own misadventures in Panama over the years, the Chinese were actually invited by the Panamanians.

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by xmotex

Well, I wonder how everyone will feel if the Chinese decide that closing the Canal to traffic is a decision?

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 10:22 PM
It would be a pretty stupid decision, considering they have absolutely no chance of holding the Canal if the US decides to open it back up (a safe bet), and no chance whatsoever of getting reinforcements or supplies across the Pacific in such a confrontation - even if the US Navy were cut by two thirds, they'd still be way more than a match for the PLAN anywhere beyond China's immediate proximity.

Not to mention, they would lose gobs of money - the real reason they are there in the first place.

[edit on 3/3/08 by xmotex]

posted on Mar, 3 2008 @ 10:46 PM
China targeting all 'enemy space vehicles' including GPS satellites

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.

A China base in Iran?

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.

China Takes Aim at U.S. GPS System

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.

Heres a few more things about China. I guess most conties would lose a lot of there ability by losing there satelites.

[edit on 3-3-2008 by JBA2848]

posted on Mar, 4 2008 @ 02:56 PM
A good article here about the phony China threat: Time - That Murky Threat from China

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).

The "threat" from China, a country that hasn't gone to war since 1979, is entirely bogus. China's force posture is almost entirely defensive - where are the carrier and amphibious groups China would need to project power outside it's sphere of influence? Answer: there aren't any. They have one old Russian carrier they've been playing with, which is not even operational. We have 11 supercarriers.

The "China threat" is a propaganda ploy to frighten Americans into continuing shelling out their tax dollars to maintain an absurdly oversized military, and to keep politically connected defense contractors fat on taxpayer money.

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