The U.S. government has a growing problem with China's covert Cyber
War against the United States. The vast majority of recent hacker attacks on
U.S. government and military computer networks are being traced back to China.
These attacks are not looking for credit card numbers and data needed for
identity theft. No, the action out of China is looking for military and
technological secrets, data on how American military networks operate. There
are also attempts to plant special "time bomb" software that could be used in
wartime. China is quite open about its intention to use surprise and deception
in any future war with the United States. Obtaining military secrets via the
Internet fits in very well with this strategy.
officially denies that it is doing any of this. But the Chinese military makes
no secret of its desire to win any future Cyber War, and boasts of its intense
preparations for such a conflict. So what does the U.S. government do, as the
evidence against the Chinese builds up? No public statements are being made,
but it is known that American Cyber War forces are studying the Chinese attacks
carefully, nosing around in China as well, and preparing new Cyber War weapons.
the same time, current laws prohibit many Cyber War techniques needed to
thoroughly track enemy attacks (wiretaps, privacy and all that). Unlike the
Chinese, the United States has several Cyber War forces, and they all use a lot
of different software and techniques. These outfits don't cooperate a lot
either, meaning the Chinese are not facing a powerful an opponent as they
could. With the Democrats in control of Congress, it will be difficult to
change laws in order to strengthen American Cyber War capabilities (offensive
and defensive.) So the Chinese move forward with their not-so-secret secret
plan for making war via the Internet.