Is China attacking military computers? Maybe not.

Is China attacking military computers? Maybe not.

Summary: Earlier this week, FCW.com published a story claiming that the Chinese government was engaged in a cyberwar with the U.S. military. Today, two China hands questioned the assertion, saying that computers in China could have been hijacked by hackers operating anywhere in the world.

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Earlier this week, FCW.com published a story claiming that the Chinese government was engaged in a cyberwar with the U.S. military. The article quoted former Army chief of staff Jack Keene: "The Chinese were doing this on a regular basis. That’s a given. They’re very aggressively getting capability. It’s common knowledge in the Pentagon."

On National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" today, two China hands, Time's Bill Powell and computer pioneer John Seeley Brown, questioned the assertion, saying that computers in China could have been hijacked by hackers  operating anywhere in the world. There's no evidence, they said, that the Chinese government, or even Chinese citizens, are involved. On the other hand, it's "entirely plausible," said Powell.

Topics: Hardware, Government, Government US, China

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  • What makes NPR the expert?

    It is well known that there are large groups of college students in China that actively engage in hacktivism. Japanese networks routinely block all IP traffic from China because of the threat. Recently, the Chinese hacking groups were planning to hack in to Korean networks so that they can use them as a launch platform for attacks against Japan.

    This isn't a judgment of who's right or who's wrong, just acknowledging reality. While I may be partially sympathetic to the Chinese student's movement to protest Japanese text books that white wash WWII history and the atrocities in China, it doesn't mean I condone cyber hacking. I may also be sympathetic to US citizens wanting to protest Al Jazeera, but I still don't condone hacking them.

    What makes NPR the expert on these affairs to speculate that China is being framed for hacking activity? It's a well known fact that is publicly promoted by major Chinese websites that even offer exploit scripts to promote hackivism. While they won?t publicly admit this, they are quite proud of it.
    george_ou
  • RE: Is China attacking military computers? Maybe not.

    since china is making most of the computers we use, think of the possibilities
    rmikey