An independent report issued by the
congressional advisory panel said some elite
groups of hackers are controlled by Beijing officials who issue
the groups orders on targets to attack.
The Chinese government
continues to build a cyber army aimed at attacking the U.S.
government and other western nations, the U.S.-China Economic and
Security Review Commission noted in its report. The Pentagon,
electric grids, and similar high-profile targets need to be better
protected from foreign-based threat.
Even without endorsement
of the Chinese government, independent hackers still pose a serious
threat. The U.S. military has created
a new cyber defense department to better protect military
computer networks, even though a recent report is pleading with the
to spend a lot on cyberdefense. President Barack Obama also
is expected to announced a cyber security advisor who will discuss
cyber issues with officials.
Along with China, hacker groups
in Eastern Europe and North Korea have also reportedly attacked
western targets in the past. If the U.S. government cannot do a
better job protecting its infrastructure, cyber attacks that end in
compromised data, crippled networks and heavy repair costs will begin
to devastate victims.