China Prepares for First Strike in Electronic War (reprint in ACM Tech news)
- 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.'"