No Time To Lose … Chinese Cyberwarfare …item 4.. CNET News – U.S. target of sustained cyber-espionage campaign (February 11, 2013 7:15 AM PST) …

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Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Washington Post, which published information from the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a document that includes data and analysis from all U.S. intelligence agencies. The Post obtained information related to the report from unidentified individuals.
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The Washington Free Beacon reported over the weekend that "hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident."
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US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Report on the Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation – Krekel et al 2009, p.67

China Expands Cyberspying in U.S., Report Says
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CYBER WAR …item 2.. THE ONLINE THREAT..ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY …item 4.. U.S. trying to secure networks as hackers advance ….

Has The Threat Of Cyber War Been Overstated? …by Nicholas Deleon on October 25, 2010

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10:41AM EST October 1. 2012 – The White House is confirming an attempted cyberattack on its computer system, but said it thwarted the effort.

The Obama administration is not identifying the source of the attack, while a published report accuses China.

Citing an unnamed source, the Associated Press reports that "a White House official said the attack targeted an unclassified network. He said the attack was identified and that the system was isolated to prevent spread. He said there was no indication that any data was removed."

The AP added: "The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the attack, said there was no attempted breach of classified systems. The official described such ‘spear phishing’ attacks as ‘not infrequent.’"

The Washington Free Beacon reported over the weekend that "hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident."

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"One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing’s most brazen cyberattacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyberattacks.

"Disclosure of the cyberattack also comes amid heightened tensions in Asia, as the Pentagon moved two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups and Marine amphibious units near waters by Japan’s Senkaku islands.

"China and Japan — the United States’ closest ally in Asia and a defense treaty partner — are locked in a heated maritime dispute over the Senkakus, which China claims as its
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…..item 4)… U.S. target of sustained cyber-espionage campaign … CNET News … news.cnet.com

… CNET News Security & Privacy U.S. target of sustained cyber-espionage campaign …

by Don Reisinger February 11, 2013 7:15 AM PST

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China is the top cyberthreat to the U.S. and has been intensifying attacks on U.S. businesses to identify data that will help the country gain economically, according to a recently obtained national security document.

Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Washington Post, which published information from the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), a document that includes data and analysis from all U.S. intelligence agencies. The Post obtained information related to the report from unidentified individuals.

The cyberwar between the U.S. and China has been well-documented. The countries have not publicly said that they’re targeting each other, but both sides have said that they’re being hit with cyberattacks. It’s also been widely believed that China has been attempting to access corporate information for its gain.

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Interestingly, China might not be the only threat the U.S. faces. According to the Post, the NIE says Russia, Israel, and France have all conducted cyber-espionage efforts aimed at economic efforts in the U.S. Still, China’s efforts are most frequent.

The NIE is one of the most secretive documents in the U.S. government and its existence has often been the subject of debate. In a statement to the Post, in fact, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said that the agency does "not discuss or acknowledge the existence of NIEs unless directed to do so."

The latest NIE comes less than two weeks after the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration wanted a full assessment of the risk China poses. Based on that information, the administration will decide how best to respond to China’s attacks.

Topics:Cybercrime, Corporate and legal, Hacks Tags:cyberwar, cyberespionage, Obama, China Don Reisinger

About Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has written about everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems.
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