China at War with U.S….Cyber War

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Reaffirming what has long been suspected, a report prepared for Congress says China is actively probing U.S. computer systems as part of a growing cyber-war campaign. Requested by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Northrop Grumman investigation found that “China is likely using its maturing computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the US Government and industry by conducting a longterm, sophisticated, computer network exploitation campaign.” The report describes in detail instances of cyber attacks by Chinese hackers against federal agencies and military contractors, including an attack that exploited a flaw in Adobe Acrobat which has since been fixed. Northrop Grumman analysts were unable to find, however, the “smoking gun” that proves the government in Beijing is behind the cyber attacks.

-Noel Brinkerhoff
Report Says China Ready for Cyber-war, Espionage (by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service)


Dan 13 years ago
Unfortunately attribution in cyberworld is extremely difficult. Its not as if hackers always leave "return addresses." Hence the beauty of this new form of warfare.
Peter 14 years ago
So more assumptions? The title of this piece make it seems like we have the "smoking gun". Isn't that how the Iraq War started as rumor mongering got the hold of the best of our government?

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