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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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RE: Give it up
By masher2 on 11/24/2008 10:42:38 AM , Rating: 2
> "If anyone thinks a quasi-capitalist, communist run country is ever going to approach the US economy, I have a bridge to sell you..."

China GDP: $10T
US GDP: $13T

China is already "approaching" the US economy in terms of total size. In terms of per-capita GDI, it very well may never equal the US...but total GDP is the more important factor when it comes to factors like military and economic impact.

By the way, to the poster who projected China's growth, its current GDP growth rate is more like 10%, rather than 5%.

RE: Give it up
By arazok on 11/24/2008 10:51:18 AM , Rating: 3
That’s Google's result on GDP. I don’t know their source, but it seems suspect.

The IMF, World Bank, and CIA put China’s GDP at a more realistic 3 trillion, well behind the EU, USA, and Japan.

RE: Give it up
By arazok on 11/24/2008 11:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
I just checked Google's GDP estimate again, and I see it links to the CIA world fact book as a source. Checking there, it lists China’s GDP (PPP) at 7 trillion, and GDP (OER) at 3.2 trillion.

I'm favoring the OER as the correct source for comparing economies.

RE: Give it up
By omnicronx on 11/24/2008 12:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
Although.. GDP is pretty much useless when comparing China vs the states, mainly because of the huge parity between cost of living.

GDP (PPP) is much more useful as only a few items such as oil are calculated based on exchange rate.

All GDP(PPP) sources put the U.S at around 14 million and China at 7 million (with China still having around 10% year over year increase.)

RE: Give it up
By nah on 11/24/2008 11:40:22 AM , Rating: 2
By the way, to the poster who projected China's growth, its current GDP growth rate is more like 10%, rather than 5%.

That's been true for most of the last 30 years--but can that rate be sustained for the next 200 +--that's the big question

You're comparing GDPs by PPP-compare it by the Atlas method--it's easier to grow from a very low base very quickly--snags hit when you cross the USD 6000 per capita mark--and then continue --problems of sustainability, R&D investments that actually keep your cutting edge--intellectual property development becomes a big issue--of course, if they keep on stealing our secrets--they've already saved on most of their R&D costs

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