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China Prepares for First Strike in Electronic War (reprint in ACM Tech news)

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  • myanalit
    Caveats - Defense Week, March 1, 1999. Pg. 1 Hamre To Hill: We re In A Cyberwar - which were proximate to Weldon s committee and Clinton Administration
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 5, 2007
      Caveats -
      Defense Week, March 1, 1999. Pg. 1 Hamre To Hill: 'We're In A
      Cyberwar' - which were proximate to Weldon's committee and Clinton
      Administration funding decisions; Hamre's comments were retracted later.

      - There are other more credible China IW voices (than Winkler).

      China Prepares for First Strike in Electronic War
      eWeek (05/30/07) Vaas, Lisa

      The U.S. Department of Defense's yearly congressional report warns
      that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is gearing up for
      electronic warfare by establishing information warfare units that are
      creating viruses to lay siege to adversarial computers and networks,
      while simultaneously implementing strategies to defend its own
      computer systems and networks and those of its allies. Electronic and
      infrared decoys, false target generators, and angle reflectors are
      some of the other electronic countermeasures China is exploiting
      outside of malware.

      Internet Security Advisors Group President Ira Winkler said China is
      second only to Russia as the country most capable of cyber-espionage,
      and maintained that China has vast resources to devote to acquiring
      "first strike" capability in a cyber-warfare scenario. Breaches of
      U.S. computer networks have been attributed to Chinese hackers, who
      Winkler said are successful because of their ability to exploit both
      their highly methodical analysis of target systems and their victims'
      inadequate security deployments.

      The DoD's report was condemned by China foreign ministry
      representative Jiang Yu, who claimed the study distorts his nation's
      military strength and expenses "out of ulterior motives." "Each
      sovereign state has the right and obligation to develop necessary
      national defense strength to safeguard its national security and
      territorial integrity," he argued. "It is totally erroneous and
      invalid for the U.S. report to play up the so-called 'China Threat.'"
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