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A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed ... computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.
3. (S/Rel China) Iran and North Korea have continued their longstanding cooperation on ballistic missile technology, via air- shipments of ballistic-missile related items. We assess that some of these shipments consist of ballistic missile jet vanes that frequently transit Beijing on regularly scheduled flights on Air Koryo and Iran Air.
Israel has previously supplied advanced military technology to China.
[Chinese] espionage and technology transfer prosper in cyber warfare, where being physically present is not required, and attribution becomes increasingly difficult. It also falls in line with China’s strategy of leapfrogging. By acquiring foreign military knowledge, China can quickly catch up and begin working at a comparable level, rather than investing the large amounts of time and effort it would take to acquire this knowledge independently.
[China] compares itself to other states through Comprehensive National Power (CNP - zonghe guoli), using qualitative and quantitative values, and not accepting traditional Western categorizations (see Pillsbury 2000). For example, China includes the economy, soft power, and domestic stability as factors of CNP. This is important, because it shows a correlativity which holds relevance for cyber warfare. Under CNP the economy, soft power, and domestic stability can be seen as military matters.
Militarily, the information revolution has given rise to an increasing reliance on situational awareness, weather monitoring, surveillance, communication, and precision strikes. Chinese military strategists have made special note of the US reliance on, and dominance with, electronic means in the Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraqi conflicts
China has repeatedly stated its goal of military modernization, and cyber warfare is where modern militaries are headed. However, cyber warfare would unlikely be used alone. It could be used simultaneously with a traditional attack, perhaps as a first blow to take an opponent off guard, or in tandem with multiple non-traditional attacks, such as PSYOPS and economic operations, or variants of each.
A coordinated series of attacks against US installations are strong indicators that China is developing a cyber warfare capability. The attacks which ran from 2003 to 2006 were designated ‘Titan Rain’. They targeted US defence and aerospace installations, Sandia National Laboratories, Lockheed Martin, Redstone Arsenal, the Department of Defense, and NASA, gathering sensitive military data. The United Kingdom also reported being attacked by the Titan Rain hackers... Apparently, a team of hackers, estimated to number between 6 to 30, would take control of US defence computers, copy everything on the hard drive within 30 minutes,
and send that data to zombie computers in South Korea, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, where it was
subsequently routed to computers in the Chinese province of Guangdong.
OSINT suggests that cyber attacks from China persist. From 2005 to 2007, the US State Department, Bureau of Industry and Security, DoD, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and defence-related think tanks had intrusions from Chinese ISPs
"Since China's current cyber operations capability is so advanced, it can engage in forms of cyber warfare so sophisticated that the United States may be unable to counteract or even detect the efforts,"
Originally posted by pirhanna
This post isn't about wikileaks disclosure being at all revelatory (if you had read other of my posts you'd know I ridicule them for being overly sensationalist). I'm fully aware that this info has been out there in one form or other. The point of the thread is documenting the increased aggression of China, focusing on their cyber warfare strategy, then taking a look at this information in light of the increasing tension in Korean peninsula coupled with what was some sort of "cyber" attack on US nuclear missile sites. China is one plausible theory for the loss of control of these sites, though not the only one.
Originally posted by pirhanna
Ah, agreed. I think China is on to something with this. They see the future of warfare. Whoever can grab control of satellite and computer systems during a conflict will win the conflict. Spending an extra 200 billion on missile systems is moot if your opponent can take control of them at any time.
Originally posted by Gakus
This has been in the news for years.
I'm honestly amazed. All Wikileaks ever produces is the same crap we already know, and people still act as if it's something new and exciting.
1. According to a wikileaks US document release, China has more than ignored UN sanctions against NKorea. They have actively aided in the shipping of ballistic missile technology from NKorea to Iran, and continue to do so.