Pentagon: Chinese government waging cyberattacks

May 06, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

(AP)—The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing's government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

In a new report on the Chinese military, the Defense Department goes a small step further than it has gone in the past, when it said that cyber-attacks originated in China and may be linked to Beijing's use of civilian experts in clandestine attacks against American companies. But over the past year, U.S. and private cyber-security experts have increasingly stepped up accusations that the is directly involved in cyber against the U.S.

In February, a U.S.-based cyber-, Mandiant, issued a report accusing a secret Chinese in Shanghai of years of cyber-attacks against more than 140 companies, a majority of them American.

The Pentagon report, released Monday, said that, "In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military."

It said China is using its cyber capabilities to collect intelligence against U.S. diplomatic, economic and defense programs. And the report warned that the needed for such espionage is similar to those needed to conduct cyber-warfare.

The new wording in the report continues an escalating effort by U.S. officials to call out the Chinese on the cyber-attacks and to press for a more with Beijing on the problem.

The annual report also provides a detailed overview of China's military progression.

In assessing the latest developments, the report said Beijing's leaders are increasingly looking to the People's Liberation Army to perform missions that reach beyond China's periphery. It contributed, for example, to supporting evacuation operations in Libya, sent a hospital ship to Latin America and took on leadership roles in United Nations peace operations.

"To advance its broader strategic objectives and self-proclaimed 'core interests,' China is pursuing a robust and systematic military modernization program," the report said.

The report said China is modernizing its short-range ballistic missile force and is acquiring greater numbers of conventional medium-range missiles to increase the range at which it can conduct precision strikes against land targets and naval ships, including aircraft carriers, operating far from China's shores.

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Skepticus
1 / 5 (6) May 06, 2013
Man, this could become explosive! Before now, all the US has done was waving hands, now fingers are pointed.
Lurker2358
1.4 / 5 (9) May 28, 2013
Why is this information being stored on computers with public network access?

This sort of data should be on an isolated network, not connected to the internet or other public networks. It makes no sense.

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dav_daddy
1.4 / 5 (11) May 28, 2013
It's about time!

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