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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 omnicronx on 11/24/2008 12:12:45 PM , Rating: 3
In 20 years, if China keeps this up, they will be running on their own internet. If they continue to allow these hackers to thrive, other governments will have no choice but to block out China completely.

P.S The U.S only has 300 million people, it is only a matter of time before other nations catch up and the U.S and their dominance starts to fade. Don't be surprised to see the U.S dollar no longer being the base world currency, regardless of what Obama does. And blaming Obama before he is in office is very childish. Bush is to blame for the current state of the US, whose non socialist/pro-military style of government you seem to agree with. Obviously that did not work and the majority of the population does not agree with you, so how about you give him a chance, it can't be any worse than what we have lived through the past eight years.

RE: Give it up
By InvertMe on 11/24/2008 4:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
Bush is to blame for the current state of the US

If you believe one person affected the ecconomy so drasticly you really need to increase your education of how our government and economy work.

I personally think Ombama is a scumbag and is NOT what this country needs in any way shape or form but I am not concerned in the slighest that he got elected because he is just one person and even being the president can only affect the country so much.

RE: Give it up
By zombiexl on 11/24/2008 6:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
Actually about the last 35 years of government have set up this current state of affairs. At least with the mortgage issues.

Well that and the complete lack of personal responsibility. For example when I bought my current home I was told I could buy something 4x more expensive than what I bought. I decided that it was more responsible to buy what I needed. If all those borrowers had used some common sense this wouldnt even be an issue.

RE: Give it up
By Noya on 11/25/2008 4:30:17 AM , Rating: 1
If all those borrowers had used some common sense this wouldnt even be an issue.

And I bet 30% of them barely spoke English and over 50% of them didn't even graduate high school. Let's not forget our entire economy is based on an ever increasing credit market.

When an auto dealership dupes some stupid people, the car gets repoed. When the entire US mortgage sector dupes people, then re-sells the loans across the globe a few times, the world economy gets screwed. The quasi capitalist system we use is shite without lots of regulations (look at Enron).

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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