By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
May 12, 2009
China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of
millions of computers and is already installing it on government and
military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S.
military and intelligence agencies.
The secure operating system, known as Kylin, was disclosed to Congress
during recent hearings that provided new details on how China's
government is preparing to wage cyberwarfare with the United States.
"We are in the early stages of a cyber arms race and need to respond
accordingly," said Kevin G. Coleman, a private security specialist who
advises the government on cybersecurity. He discussed Kylin during a
hearing of the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission on
The deployment of Kylin is significant, Mr. Coleman said, because the
system has "hardened" key Chinese servers. U.S. offensive cyberwar
capabilities have been focused on getting into Chinese government and
military computers outfitted with less secure operating systems like
those made by Microsoft Corp.
"This action also made our offensive cybercapabilities ineffective
against them, given the cyberweapons were designed to be used against
Linux, UNIX and Windows," he said.
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