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Chinese Hacking of American Military Networks On the Rise 205

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Anti-Globalism writes with this excerpt from the Guardian: "China is stealing sensitive information from American computer networks and stepping up its online espionage, according to a US congressional panel. Beijing's investment in rocket technology is also accelerating the militarization of outer space and lifting it into the 'commanding heights' of modern warfare, the advisory group claims. ... A summary of the study, released in advance, alleges that networks and databases used by the US government and American defense contractors are regularly targeted by Chinese hackers. 'China is stealing vast amounts of sensitive information from US computer networks,' says Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission set up by Congress in 2000 to investigate US-China issues." The full study addresses these issues and others relating to the US-China relationship (PDF).
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Chinese Hacking of American Military Networks On the Rise

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  • by Colin Smith (2679) on Friday November 21, 2008 @06:48PM (#25853223)

    They'll escalate it from there.

    From TFA:

    "says Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission"

    Larry Wortzel was:
    http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/larrywortzel.cfm [heritage.org]

    who are:
    http://www.heritage.org/about/ [heritage.org]

    "Our Mission
    Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."

    Yah got to have a bogeyman.

  • Here's the Link (Score:3, Informative)

    by istartedi (132515) on Friday November 21, 2008 @06:58PM (#25853347) Journal

    It was part of the Farewell Dossier [wikipedia.org]

  • Re:Get real. (Score:2, Informative)

    by MrNaz (730548) * on Friday November 21, 2008 @08:23PM (#25854147) Homepage

    Actually, according to this list [spamhaus.org], the top spammers are from the US but perform their nefarious deeds using Chinese servers.

    In other words, your claim that "The Chinese are EVIL!" because they portscan you is BS.

    I also think that by saying this "this is a good reason for me to have an unfriendly attitude toward China" you qualify for the Dumbest Statement All Week award. Most civilized people have, by now, realized that the "us versus them" attitude between nations is stupid, as no nation's people can be judged according to the deeds of its government or a minority such as it's hacking community. What sort of judgment would the world make regarding the US based on the actions and behavior of your last president?

    Well done on being the among the last blind bigots to grow up.

  • by WindBourne (631190) on Friday November 21, 2008 @08:28PM (#25854189) Journal
    The reason is that China controls the currency and pretty much fixes it against the dollar. When the euro rises against the dollar, then yuan rises a bit as well. BUT, China is the one with the monster holding of our dollars and increasing at exponential rate. The yuen should be rising against the dollar if it was traded freely. But it is not. BTW, same issue with India.
  • zeros (Score:4, Informative)

    by cpankonien (964575) on Friday November 21, 2008 @08:31PM (#25854207) Homepage
    the DoD network will continue to be vulnerable as long as they insist on using windows. lest you think i'm a peacenik or something, i was a boom operator in the USAF for 20 years. i retired in 1997, and joined the local LUG. Alot of the members were NCO sysadmins from the base, who related that "all the officers coming out of the zoo (USAF Academy) only knew windows, and policy did not allow for anything else". So, being good NCOs, they snuck linux in the back door and had it running all over the place, as proxy servers, firewalls, etc. their officers didn't know about it, but as long as nobody complained and it made them look good, they were happy. then when they found out, and had it removed. problems increased dramatically soon thereafter. fuckin' zeros...they don't listen! MSgt, USAF (Ret.)

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