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China remains the largest cyberthreat to the western world

The threat of cyber attacks by China is increasing as hacker groups begin to organize with a Chinese government interested in increasing its long-term cyber attack capabilities.

An independent report issued by the congressional advisory panel said some elite groups of hackers are controlled by Beijing officials who issue the groups orders on targets to attack.

The Chinese government continues to build a cyber army aimed at attacking the U.S. government and other western nations, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission noted in its report.  The Pentagon, electric grids, and similar high-profile targets need to be better protected from foreign-based threat.

Even without endorsement of the Chinese government, independent hackers still pose a serious threat.  The U.S. military has created a new cyber defense department to better protect military computer networks, even though a recent report is pleading with the government not to spend a lot on cyberdefense.  President Barack Obama also is expected to announced a cyber security advisor who will discuss cyber issues with officials.

Along with China, hacker groups in Eastern Europe and North Korea have also reportedly attacked western targets in the past.  If the U.S. government cannot do a better job protecting its infrastructure, cyber attacks that end in compromised data, crippled networks and heavy repair costs will begin to devastate victims.

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By wyndhaml on 10/27/2009 11:14:01 AM , Rating: 2
rm -rf /*

By ayat101 on 10/27/2009 11:46:40 AM , Rating: 2
aha... LOL

sudo chmod -R 440 /

By ayat101 on 10/27/2009 11:51:17 AM , Rating: 2
... or better:

1. sudo chown -R root /

2. hosts.deny > ALL: *.cn

&& hosts.allow > sshd: *

By Titanius on 10/27/2009 11:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with that is they are probably using Windows, not Linux or Unix.

By ayat101 on 10/27/2009 12:47:15 PM , Rating: 3
... certainly, but Windows have firewalls too. I am not sure how a computer with properly configured security, Linux or Windows, can be accessed without permission. Add DOS detection at switch/router level, and you are done.

I have several computers, both Windows and Linux, and quite simply my philosophy is that only specific computers can connect to specific machines.

Why in the world would you allow open access to sensitive computer systems?!

The problem is a lot of computers ARE NOT configured with security in mind. Not even Linux is perfect... try setting up private key access through ssh on Linux. The so called hacking is the exploitation of other people's mistakes - design the OSs so these are not allowed.

By CommodoreVic20 on 10/27/2009 9:02:30 PM , Rating: 3
Not exactly. A lot of enterprise level firewalls and switches have weaknesses in them. Exploiting those weak links can easily compromise the security. Same goes for any OS. Its exactly that type of thinking that allows these cyber attacks to successfully occur. These hacker groups usually work by finding and exploiting these weak links and when they don't exist, they create them. For instance a lot of firewalls are now using open sourced OSes and software. Any competent developer or group of developers can join and contribute code to an open source project. A trust relationship isn't difficult to form and before you know it back doors and vulnerabilities can intentionally be introduced. That is just a simple basic example, but you can imagine what can be accomplished when a government with great financial resources is enabling such a group. There is no easy solution to the problem.

By ayat101 on 10/28/2009 2:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
... this is the same as what I said.

Something like security certified Linux distro is needed. Plus holes can be plugged - you just have to know how to set up secure systems... and the knowledge is the lacking part.

The only reason for cyber "defense" I can think of is to have the ability to conduct OFFENSIVE actions.

By amanojaku on 10/27/2009 8:49:35 AM , Rating: 5
The Pentagon, electric grids, and similar high-profile targets need to be better protected from foreign-based threat.
The Pentagon, electric grids, and similar high-profile targets need to be off the Internet. Can't get much better protection than that.

RE: Correction
By smackababy on 10/27/2009 8:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
But how can you expect the internet to function without electiral grid online support?

RE: Correction
By magneticfield on 10/27/2009 9:16:56 AM , Rating: 2
You mean if the grid is off the internet, the internet will cease to function?
Yeah, right

RE: Correction
By amanojaku on 10/27/2009 9:40:38 AM , Rating: 2
Sigh... Smackababy was being sarcastic.

RE: Correction
By magneticfield on 10/27/2009 9:48:19 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry about that, there was no way I could have seen it, not a very good day. Perhaps not a good day to post either.

Easy Solution - Unplug Them
By KingofL337 on 10/27/2009 9:26:00 AM , Rating: 3
If they try and attack over the tubes, you just unplug them. It's really that easy, flip a bits in a couple of switches and China becomes a nation of one.

RE: Easy Solution - Unplug Them
By Trisagion on 10/27/2009 12:32:02 PM , Rating: 5
Or redirect all traffic to

RE: Easy Solution - Unplug Them
By HrilL on 10/27/2009 2:16:03 PM , Rating: 3
Every country with a connection to china would have to turn them off or they'd still be able to get anywhere on the internet. A few proxies all over the world also solves blocking IP ranges. While this seems like a good concept and fix the internet is far too complicated for this to actually work out.

As long as the internet functions there will always be a way to get connected to it.

By SpaceJumper on 10/27/2009 9:47:57 AM , Rating: 3
This news sounds like tabloid press.

RE: Tabloid
By dsx724 on 10/27/2009 2:16:08 PM , Rating: 3
It sounds like building up pretext for another war. DDoS attacks can easily be redirected at the transcontinental routers. It's a bunch of fear mongering from people clueless as to what the Internet is and how it works. Plus, former USSR hackers have been targeting American digital infrastructure since we invented it and they've gotten somewhere important maybe twice? What can the Chinese hackers do? steal our credit card numbers from Macy's? All those poor shoppers!

By 91TTZ on 10/27/2009 11:13:33 AM , Rating: 3
The military should produce its own network infrastructure which is separate and incompatible with Ethernet. That way any hacker using standard ethernet/TCP/IP won't be able to traverse the networks.

By amanojaku on 10/27/2009 12:34:20 PM , Rating: 3
TCP/IP has nothing to do with Ethernet. It runs on top of Ethernet, just like it runs over T1s, T3s, OC3-768s, Frame Relay, Token Ring, ISDN, FDDI, etc... So changing from Ethernet won't make a difference. What you're thinking of is changing from TCP/IP, which is retarded because the government would have to re-invest in a new technology to move away from something it helped create a long time ago. A simple disconnect from the Internet is good enough, and it saves development time and money.

By DoeBoy on 10/27/2009 9:14:15 AM , Rating: 3
I think we just need a couple gibsons

RE: Gibson
By barjebus on 10/27/2009 2:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you know how easy it is to hack the gibson? Just grab your friends and hit the nearest phone booth!

Weapons of Cyber Destruction?
By Villains on 10/27/2009 2:29:46 PM , Rating: 1
Probably just more BS so the US can start another war. Just not weapons of mass destruction this time, cyber crimes, lol.

I thought they were developing a new military internet anyway, one that wouldnt have access to the public pipeline?

RE: Weapons of Cyber Destruction?
By Tsuwamono on 10/27/2009 10:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
doubt the US would last too long against China. Atleast not without the help of almost every other country.

RE: Weapons of Cyber Destruction?
By roykahn on 10/27/2009 11:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
Any superpower must always have at least one enemy so that it can keep its population in fear and justify its military expansion funded mostly by taxpapers. So, this is just another part of the overall strategy of the US government and its agent, the mass media. Keep those "threats" coming.

By Rob94hawk on 10/27/2009 8:52:41 PM , Rating: 1
If we cut the internet cables to China would we be missing anything?

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