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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 grenableu on 11/24/2008 12:42:15 PM , Rating: 1
Stop playing stupid. "Clean coal" still produces CO2, coal plants, clean or not, are still hit exactly the same by cap and trade legislation.

Obama is the only politician who said he would "bankrupt" anyone who tried to build new coal power plants.

RE: Give it up
By masher2 on 11/24/2008 12:50:02 PM , Rating: 3
> "Obama is the only politician who said he would "bankrupt" anyone who tried to build new coal power plants. "

Well, what Obama said actually varied according to who he was speaking to. He told plenty of coal-producing states that he was for clean-coal technology. It was only in places like San Francisco that he came out against new coal plants entirely.

I think it's safe to say that, now that he's elected, we'll see that fiery anti-coal rhetoric moderated somewhat.

RE: Give it up
By rcc on 11/24/2008 4:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
Depending, of course, on who he needs a backscratch from.

RE: Give it up
By MPE on 11/24/2008 2:17:32 PM , Rating: 2
You are an idiot. Do you know what " " means?
No one is arguing about legitimacy of "clean coal". The discussion is about support for such policy and how you implement it. Obama and McCains fundemental support is EXACTLY the same. That is the point. No one is discussing what 'clean coal' is actually. And BTW - "clean coal" is the coal industry's own term.

Yes he said the word bankrupt because McCain and others did not have the balls to actually say it - without revision on old plants, these plants would be unable to pay for their pollution under McCains supported plan. That is fact. That is the point of the legistlation - to make old plant financially not viable while helping older plants.

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