By Bill Gertz
INSIDE THE RING
November 19, 2009
Chinese, Russian cyberwarfare
The Pentagon's National Defense University recently published a
groundbreaking book that is one of the few U.S. government documents to
highlight the cyberwarfare capabilities of both China and Russia.
The book "Cyberpower and National Security" contains a chapter on the
issue revealing that China's computer attack capabilities have become
"more visible and troubling" in recent years. "China has launched an
unknown number of cyber reconnaissance and offensive events with unknown
intent against a variety of countries," the chapter said.
Among the most important attacks were the 2005 cyber espionage attacks
against Pentagon computer networks that federal investigators code-named
Titan Rain. Another Chinese-origin attack involved computer operations
against the U.S. Naval War College in 2006 that shut down systems.
According to the chapter, China's military strategists regard
cyberwarfare as an important element of "pre-emptive" warfare
Chinese military analysts Peng Guangqian and Yao Youzhi are quoted as
saying China plans to use several types of pre-emptive attacks in a
future conflict, including "striking the enemy's information center of
gravity and weakening combat efficiency of his information systems and
cyberized weapons" with the goal of weakening information superiority
and reducing combat efficiency.
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