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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,…

South China Standoff

South China Standoff

Growing tensions between Beijing, Manila over disputed fishing waters could lead to conflict

BY: Bill Gertz
May 11, 2012 5:00 am Tensions between China and the Philippines remain high and U.S. officials say the likelihood Beijing will take some type of military action is growing. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach to the dispute over a 10-mile square South China Sea lagoon called Scarborough Shoal and is not vocally supporting Manila in its dispute over fishing rights. One worrying sign was China’s dispatch this week of five warships, including a 20,000-ton amphibious…