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December 13, 2005

Hacker attacks in US linked to Chinese military

Topics: International News

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The head of a leading security institute says that a systematic effort by hackers to penetrate US government and industry computer networks stems most likely from the Chinese military. The attacks have been traced to the Chinese province of Guangdong (which has an an electronix counter-measures regiment), and the techniques used make it appear unlikely to come from any other source than the military,

Apparently, the fundamental error in America's network security strategy is that we rely on writing reports rather than hardening systems...

According to Chinese Defense Today, the Chinese have made "electronic warfare (EW) a key component of its 'Three Attacks and Three Defences' initiative to meet requirements of a "local warfare under high-tech conditions."

As referred to in the source article on these hacker attacks, Time Magazine published an interesting report Aug. 29 by Nathan Thornburgh about an investigation codenamed Titan Rain that began in late 2003. Various analysts judge that "Titan Rain is thought to rank among the most pervasive cyberespionage threats that U.S. computer networks have ever faced." Maybe our politicians need a little encouragement to require our military to write fewer reports and do a much better job of hardening systems! They should already know about it, after all, it's been in Time magazine.

Posted by Richard at December 13, 2005 7:53 AM



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