Video: Should Americans worry about a Chinese cyber-threat?

Video: Should Americans worry about a Chinese cyber-threat?

Summary: In this Q&A video, cyberwarfare expert David Gewirtz answers some common questions. Sadly, you won't feel more secure (but you'll have a better idea how to protect yourself).

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I recently did a network interview that tried to answer the question, "Should Americans worry about a Chinese cyber-threat?". The interview itself went long and there was a lot of interesting material that landed on the cutting room floor.

One of the hats I wear is as a director for the nonprofit organization U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, which pulled together some of that material into a Q&A video that provides further background and perspective:

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Well

    That was a lot of fluff.
    happyharry_z
  • RE: Video: Should Americans worry about a Chinese cyber-threat?

    Well, David, I almost had the urge to stand up and salute while listing to the opening musical soundtrack of your video. BTW, well done.

    One question. How do I know if my Mac systems are part of a bot net? (Not that I suspect that they are but I don't know how to tell.)
    kenosha77a
  • Wrong question

    After the [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1]Stuxnet fiasco[/url], the question really should be:<br><br>"Should the rest of the planet worry about an American/Israeli cyber threat?"<br><br>Best wishes, G.
    mrgoose
  • Chinese Cyber Threat?

    On a 'national' level, country against country, I worry the <i>least</i> about China. If China did more than data mine they would only be cutting their own throats. Damage America and Damage their profit margin. On a governmental / country level there are numerous countries I worry allot more about, and then there are the freaks who would melt down a nuclear power plant just because they can. Worry about China itself? Not so much.<br><br>On a personal threat level you have reminded us how its each and everyone of us against the world. Everyone from anyone within range of my WiFi or computer thief to someone on a point of the globe located geographically opposite of me. I think about hostiles hacking my personal network or wifi equipped machines to physical theft to the syphilitic riddled realm known as cyber space.<br><br>Readers of your column are aware of these things so I think you've misidentified the audience. I think you should have put 'intro level' in the title of this particular blog entry.<br><br>And, I thought midi went out with high speed. ?
    rmhesche
  • RE: Video: Should Americans worry about a Chinese cyber-threat?

    As a neutral, I'd say that at the moment Americans should be worrying about repaying debts to the Chinese more than anything else. If China wanted to destroy the US, it could simply stop lending. Why both with cyber-warfare?
    visoot