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The number of attacks and severity of attacks by Chinese hackers continues to increase

A congressional advisory panel has said China is perfecting its ability to engage in cyber warfare and other computer espionage against the United States and its allies.

Congress also warned that China is working on better engaging in cyber warfare that could lead to the delay and disruption of U.S. military deployment anywhere in the world.  Specifically, the Chinese are using cyber warfare to gain access to classified military documents, along with viewing documents from American corporations that work with the government.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was founded eight years ago in an effort to help learn about and give advice regarding U.S.-China relations.  The overall threat of cyber attacks grows year after year, with 5 million computers in the United States last year the target of 43,880 incidents of attacks and other suspicious activity.  

The top 10 largest U.S. defense contractor companies all suffered computer espionage from foreign-based attackers, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

Chinese ability to attack is "so sophisticated that the US may be unable to counteract or even detect the efforts" of the attacks, according to the report.

The six Democrats and six Republicans who make up the panel said China's wide scale military modernization and "impressive but disturbing" computer and space warfare abilities "suggest China is intent on expanding its sphere of control even at the expense of its Asian neighbors and the United States."

There was no official word back from Chinese officials about the report.

President-elect Obama and his new staff will have to deal with cyber warfare and similar issues related to China once he takes office in January.  

Obama will face pressure from lawmakers who seek to acquire additional funding for programs aimed at monitoring Chinese cyber attacks and help protect government and defense computers.

Another situation Obama has to consider is with the Chinese space program, which is "steadily increasing the vulnerability of US assets," with a better ability to locate US warships deployed in the Pacific Ocean.

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The decline of the old powers
By NubWobble on 11/24/2008 9:30:47 AM , Rating: -1
The six Democrats and six Republicans who make up the panel said China's wide scale military modernisation and "impressive but disturbing" computer and space warfare abilities "suggest China is intent on expanding its sphere of control even at the expense of its Asian neighbours and the United States."

Finally the US gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it. How tragic. Had the US not been such a bloodthirsty and greedy emperialistic warmongerer maybe the Chinese wouldn't see the need to attack the US via electronic means.

On the other hand it does point to the fact that, thanks to the internet, the Chinese don't actually need a crushing offensive budget like the US to exert control. Had the US, and it's proxy states and colonies (e.g. the little children in Europe thinking they're it by going along with the US), not been wasting so much money on destroying other countries, and spent the money on research, all of this could have been avoided. But, as it stands, invasion and plunder of oil are far more pressing matters.

Please, do enjoy your decline.

As you can see I corrected two minor, yet immensely irritating spelling mistakes.

By GaryJohnson on 11/24/2008 9:53:08 AM , Rating: 2
...As you can see I corrected two minor, yet immensely irritating spelling mistakes...

emperialistic warmongerer

Earitating spelling checkerer.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By TerranMagistrate on 11/24/08, Rating: -1
RE: The decline of the old powers
By Master Kenobi on 11/24/2008 1:25:13 PM , Rating: 5
Frankly if I was in the U.S. Cyber Security I would be researching a killswitch to cut China off from the rest of the "Internet". Combined with taking down their satellites you could cripple their ability to do anything inside of a few hours. I would be highly surprised if the U.S. wasn't already working on or in possession of a killswitch for cutting China out of the larger Internet.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By sgw2n5 on 11/24/2008 3:25:45 PM , Rating: 2
That is seriously a good idea.

Let them do whatever the fark they want, we can't control that anyway, but just block their access to the rest of the internet.

The US should totally build a great firewall FOR china.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By Baov on 11/24/2008 6:18:16 PM , Rating: 5
Lol. The great firewall of china. New world wonder.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By Buspar on 11/24/2008 5:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
We already have indicators that the US has a plan like that. The US was the first country to develop and test anti-satellite missiles and is currently the leader in that field. The US also opposes all of the resolutions meant to stop the development and deployment of such tech. So I wouldn't be surprised if our military commanders have a lock on the various Chinese satellites and are ready to knock them out if needed.

One problem with that plan, however, is that China is catching up to us in the space arms race. After the US refused to stop developing weapons that threaten the global satellite network, China started their own program to counter ours. The recent tests we've seen have been them trying to match our own capacities, similar to the nuclear arms race of the Cold War.

Now we have to worry about them reciprocating if we launch something like a large strike on Chinese satellites. Imagine the GPS and telecom satellites going poof. (It'd explain why Russia wants its own system for such things.) Fortunately, mutually assured destruction of satellites makes it less likely for either side to tempt the other into doing so and instead promotes an uneasy equilibrium that can be defused through diplomatic channels. Unlike the stated goals of the USSR, China is not dedicated to our destruction, which makes them much easier to talk with. So as long as we keep our own hackers up to date we probably won't have to resort to that method.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By NubWobble on 11/24/08, Rating: 0
RE: The decline of the old powers
By Ammohunt on 11/24/2008 2:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
News flash! the US preserves Western Civilization and my guess is the life you enjoy. So unless you like living in the third world you might want to make sure we don't fail.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By wvh on 11/24/2008 5:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
the US preserves Western Civilization

How's that? By war, aggression and tough talk? "Cultural" exports such as Hollywood movies, fast food, Coca-Cola? By justice for all, even the poor vs. big corporations? By blind capitalism pushing people so far into debt it is threatening the world economy? Having an excellent education system for all? Or perhaps learning people to think critically instead of blindly waving crosses, flags, political colours or presidential candidates?

There are far worse countries than the US, but nevertheless, as a nation you need some serious soul searching because reality – as experienced by a lot of people both in your own country and in the rest of the world – does not match up with your glorified view of modern-day America and that handful of simple and shallow one-liner values you assign to it. To many, there might not be as much to admire the modern-day US for as you seem to think.

To imply that either one lives the American way or suffers the third world is deeply arrogant. I don't hate you, but you've got to stop posturing as the saver of mankind. It's getting beyond laughable. Save yourself first.

Back on topic now... This article is political FUD, full of wild allegations. When it comes to spying and interfering, the whole US-Russia-China rhetoric is pot calling the kettle black. China might be one end of the spectrum, but the US is the other end, and by no means a pinnacle of truth, neutrality or middle ground. I guess China is just the new Russia, an easy enemy for political propaganda and mucho posturing drama. What other purpose does an article like this have than to rouse antipathy, even hatred?

It implies the whole of China teams up, hacking all systems over the whole US, exposing all secrets and using those to advance its own Evil World Domination Plans, starting with gobbling up its closest neighbours and then moving to take over space, after which they will destroy The West. And not surprisingly we witness the ignorant popping up, with their cries of "Save Western Civilisation! USA forever!". Not even worth a B-class Hollywood movie, if you ask me...

RE: The decline of the old powers
By Ammohunt on 11/24/2008 6:40:42 PM , Rating: 4
You must be Canadian. America preserves freedom around the world try turning on the TV sometimes and look through the propaganda. I've been in Kuwait on February 26th when they celebrate their liberation from iraq as an American i have been cheered in the streets of Kuwait City on that day(they understand). Thats just one glaring example for me personally? my German family is free today becasue of the efforts of America.

Now if you knew anything about history or had average smarts you could find many more examples all over the world..try it.

World economies live and die with America and so does the west. The fact is that 80% of the rest of the world does not enjoy near the quality of life the west enjoys thats a fact.

RE: The decline of the old powers
By NubWobble on 11/24/08, Rating: -1
RE: The decline of the old powers
By michael67 on 11/25/2008 5:23:01 AM , Rating: 1
O man it hurts being on the other end of the stick, dossent it?

You are all saying, how bad China is for doing this, hell the US has bin doing this to the rest of the world for years, only now there is a country that is getting better at it then the US, and now it starts mowing what bad China is for doing this.

"NSA ore ECHELON", hello anyone?, and don’t say "But we are the good guys", because your not.

There have bin dozens of incidents’ involving CIA tipping of US companies about big contract bid's, of what EU companies ware doing ore bidding, (and yeah EU companies don’t have clean hands eider, but they dont get help from secret service, ore at least not to the extend of the help US (oil)companies are getting)

I grew up in Holland, my grand parents and parents properly deserve there life to the US food drops.

And my grand parents and parent raised me up to be grateful to America, when i was young I wanted to move to the US and live the dream.

And I admired all those solders that died over here liberating Europe, ore as you would say “laid down there lives to liberate Europe”
(yeah it sounds more melodramatic that way)

How ever, after years of self centered behavior and only looking for the quick buck instead of the long term impact of what the US policy is doing to those countries I have lost all respect I had for the US.

The movie "Charlie Wilson's War" about the secret afghan war, is a good example why most countries dislike and the countries it happened to hate the US.

Ware is there freedom of those people you say "America preserves", the neocon. rep. wanted it to stick it to the USSR.
When Gorbatchov wanted to pull out of Afghanistan, he called the Whitehouse asking for help, to pull orderly out as he was scared that the country would be even more unstable after the USSR army left.
What did the leaders of the US government do ?, they cheered that they got the commy bustards out and then dropped all support for the Afghan people.

A CIA funded war that cosseted 3~4 billion, that helped defeating the USSR communist government, and what did country do that "preserves freedom" ?, they left, and not willing even to give a miserly 25~50 million, to help the country to get back up on its feed.

If you get help fighting a common enemy then you are grateful for the help.
But if the guy that’s helping you whit support, strait after you won, you realize, he dint help you because he liked to help you, just that he hated the other guy even more, because, “he” just spend dollars, you had to paid whit blood!

The U.S. government has been criticized for allowing Pakistan to channel a disproportionate amount of its funding to controversial Afghan resistance leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who Pakistani officials believed was "their man". Hekmatyar has been criticized for killing other mujahideen and attacking civilian populations, including shelling Kabul with American-supplied weapons, causing 2,000 casualties. Hekmatyar was said to be friendly with Osama bin Laden, founder of al-Qaeda, who was running an operation for assisting "Afghan Arab" volunteers fighting in Afghanistan, called Maktab al-Khadamat. Alarmed by his behavior, Pakistan leader General Zia warned Hekmatyar, "It was Pakistan that made him an Afghan leader and it is Pakistan who can equally destroy him if he continues to misbehave."

In the late 1980s, Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, concerned about the growing strength of the Islamist movement, told President George H. W. Bush, "You are creating a Frankenstein."

The U.S. says that all of its funds went to native Afghan rebels and denies that any of its funds were used to supply Osama bin Laden or foreign Arab mujahideen. It is estimated that 35,000 foreign Muslims from 43 Islamic countries participated in the war.

Operation AJAX in 50's Iran is a other exsample.

Wonder why all those darn Muslims hate the US and the UK so mouths, just maybe because they got it slicked to them to many times.

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