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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: The decline of the old powers
By TerranMagistrate on 11/24/2008 12:35:26 PM , Rating: -1
At least you the U.S. will decline. Envious fool...

I think you underestimate the resilience of the most influential and dominant nation on earth.

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
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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