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China: U.S. preparing for offensive cyber war

U.S. intelligence analysis of official Chinese reaction to congressional testimony by the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Keith Alexander, reveals that China believe the creation of 13 offensive cyber war teams by the command is the beginnng stage of counter attacks against Chinese cyber stikes.   Alexander, who also serves as director of the National Security Agency, announced duuring testimony befor ethe Senate Armed Services Committee March 12 that Cybercom, the newly created subcommand of the Omaha-based U.S. Strategic Command, will created 13 offfensive teams that will defend the nation…

Chinese military set for cyber, space warfare

China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report. “As cyber technology continues to develop, cyber warfare has quietly begun,” the report concludes, noting that the ability to wage cyber war in space is vital for China’s military modernization. According to the report, strategic warfare in the past was built on nuclear weapons. “But strategic warfare in the information age is cyber warfare,” the report said. “With the…

Al Qaeda set for cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure

Al Qaeda set for cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure

Two Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups were identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as attempting to organize jihadists worldwide to conduct cyber attacks in the coming months on U.S. vital infrastructure. The two groups, the Al Qaeda Digial Army and the Tunesian Electronic Army stated in a posting to a jihadist web site that they are calling the cyber attacks Operation Black Summer. No details of the targeting was disclosed on in the posting but one group has claimed attacks on U.S. financial institutions in recent weeks. The groups posted a message to the…

Obama’s Cyber Dodge

Obama’s Cyber Dodge

By Bill Gertz: White House cyber report won’t focus on China The Obama administration plan to counter massive cyber espionage from China will not focus on a single country, a White House official said. The administration is set to release its “Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets” at a press conference of senior officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder. “We know that trade secret theft can cripple a company’s competitive advantage in foreign markets, diminish export prospects around the globe, and put American jobs in jeopardy,” the official said. The strategy will be…

China’s Hack Attack Revealed

China’s Hack Attack Revealed

By Bill Gertz: China’s military linked to cyber espionage A secret Chinese military unit is the major player in cyber espionage against an array of computer networks around the world, according to an intelligence report by a cyber security firm. “Our research and observations indicate that the Communist Party of China is tasking the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to commit systematic cyber espionage and data theft against organizations around the world,” the report by the security firm Mandiant said. Mandiant conducts cyber threat analyses for both government and industry clients. A threat intelligence report produced in…

Cyber War

Cyber War

Cybercom chief: Destructive cyber attacks are coming

BY: Bill Gertz
July 10, 2012 4:42 pm The commander of the military’s new U.S. Cyber Command said digital attacks are evolving from disrupting network functions to destructive strikes. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the Cybercom commander who is also head of the National Security Agency electronic spy service, said current forms of attack emanate from nation states, criminals, hackers, and others, and mainly disrupt temporarily the work of computer networks and systems. “What I am concerned about and what I think we really need to be concerned about…

Cyber Spies Spotted: Report: Chinese military cyber warfare units identified

Cyber Spies Spotted: Report: Chinese military cyber warfare units identified

BY: Bill Gertz
October 26, 2012 5:00 am China’s military is conducting extensive cyber warfare and spying operations through several electronic intelligence units, including a group identified for the first time called Beijing North Computing Center, according to a new report by a private research group. “Chinese cyber espionage poses an advanced persistent threat to U.S. national and economic security,” states the report, set for publication Friday. The report by the Project 2049 Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based think tank that focuses on Asian security issues, concluded that groups operating from Chinese territory have been “waging…

Panetta in Beijing: Defense secretary warns

Panetta in Beijing: Defense secretary warns

BY: Bill Gertz September 20, 2012 5:00 am Cyber warfare is a key future battleground and strategic attacks can cripple nations, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Beijing on Wednesday. Panetta said he raised the issue of China’s growing cyber warfare capabilities during what he termed “candid” discussions with Chinese military leaders. “I did raise the area of cyber,” Panetta told reporters. “This is the potential battlefield for the future and the technology that’s developing in cyber has the potential to cripple a country, paralyze a country,” he said. Computer networks are also being used for spying,…