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Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack on Council on Foreign Relations

Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack on Council on Foreign Relations

Advanced cyberespionage attack employed ‘drive-by’ method on CFR website BY: Bill Gertz
December 27, 2012 10:11 pm Computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against one of America’s most elite foreign policy web groups – the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). According to private computer-security forensic specialists, the hacking incident involved a relatively new type of ploy called a “drive-by” website cyber attack that was detected around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The specialists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack involved penetrating the computer server that…

Pentagon battle concept has Cold War posture on China

Pentagon battle concept has Cold War posture on China

The Pentagon lifted the veil of secrecy Wednesday on a new battle concept aimed at countering Chinese military efforts to deny access to areas near its territory and in cyberspace. The Air Sea Battle concept is the start of what defense officials say is the early stage of a new Cold War-style military posture toward China. The plan calls for preparing the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to defeat China’s “anti-access, area denial weapons,” including anti-satellite weapons, cyberweapons, submarines, stealth aircraft and long-range missiles that can hit aircraft carriers at sea. Military officials from the three services told reporters…

China: No. 1 Cyber Threat

China: No. 1 Cyber Threat

By Bill Gertz: Chinese state-run cyber attacks pose most significant global cyber threat, congressional report says China’s government carried out numerous cyber attacks against United States government and private sector computers this year and has emerged as the most significant threat in cyberspace, according to a congressional commission report made public Wednesday. “In 2012, Chinese state-sponsored actors continued to exploit government, military, industrial, and nongovernmental computer systems,” the report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said. “Any individual penetration remains difficult to attribute, but security researchers are increasingly able to group exploitations into campaigns…

Hack Attack: Chinese military newspaper hacked

Hack Attack: Chinese military newspaper hacked

BY: Bill Gertz
June 21, 2012 3:22 pm Unknown hackers took down the official newspaper of the Chinese military earlier this month, highlighting the covert cyber war that has been underway for years by China’s military and foreign states, according to U.S. officials. The English-language website of the military newspaper PLA Daily was shut down May 31 and users who went to the site were re-directed to “Poker City,” an online gambling website based in Shanghai, said officials familiar with intelligence reports of the incident. The hacking took place days before the annual observance of the…

The Coming China Cyberwar

The Coming China Cyberwar

Is Prepared to Wage Large-Scale Cyberwarfare Attacks Against U.S. Military, Civilian Networks

BY: Bill Gertz
March 8, 2012
China’s military has developed highly sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities that would be used to cripple computer networks at the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Transportation Command that would direct American forces to defend Taiwan in a future conflict, according to a congressional report. The cyber attacks would begin weeks before actual hostilities, as cyber warriors associated with two units of the People’s Liberation Army secretly penetrate networks and plant sleeper software that can destroy both…

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

Growing threat to United States

BY: Bill Gertz February 23, 2012 5:00 am Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities. Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites. Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said. “The space…

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…