Pentagon accuses China of cyber attacks against the U.S.

Foreign Policy reports that China has been accused by the Pentagon of conducting cyber attacks on the US.

In its annual report to Congress on Monday, the Pentagon accused the Chinese military of mounting cyber attacks on the U.S government and various defense contractors, marking the first time that the Obama administration has explicitly blamed Chinese officials for the country’s offensive cyber activities. The report, which called the cyber attacks a “serious concern,” said that U.S. government computer systems “continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.” 

China’s primary objective appears to be the theft of industrial technology, but according to the report, the information gathered by Chinese hackers could easily be used for “building a picture of U.S. network defense networks, logistics, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.” The diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial sectors that form the basis of U.S. defense programs are all being targeted, according to the report.

China rejected the accusations on Tuesday, saying that it “resolutely oppose[s] all forms of hacker attacks.” “We’re willing to carry out an even-tempered and constructive dialogue with the U.S. on the issue of Internet security. But we are firmly opposed to any groundless accusations and speculations, since they will only damage the cooperation efforts and atmosphere between the two sides to strengthen dialogue and cooperation,” said a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • PlanetOrphan

    More Mossad obfuscation.

    • Hazards001

      Then cast a spell and block them with your ouija board FFS!

      • PlanetOrphan

        Fuck off Paul

    • Patrick

      I think you will find these are a wee bit more than rudimentary DOS attacks. The Americans have seen some very sophisticated attempts to compromise their systems recently.
      BTW if you are suffering from DOS attacks then you really need to invest in some firewalling that has enough smarts to deal with them.

      • PlanetOrphan

        true, and fire-walling doesn’t stop the logs :-)

  • cows4me

    Why hack their computers, China should just call in their loans, that would have them squealing.

  • tarkwin

    We are going to see more and more of this sort of thing. So much information is stored digitally and so many people rely on that information now days. Just look at the number of “leaks” that keep happening. In the old days it looked a bit suspect staggering out of the office with a couple of boxes of computer print outs, now days you only have to hit send. I can’t see why the Chinese would be attacking defense contractors, if you want to do some real damage just cut off the water or rubbish collection. Half of America would be running around like headless chickens within hours.

    • thor42

      “I can’t see why the Chinese would be attacking defense contractors…”
      I can’t see why they *wouldn’t*.
      Much faster and easier to hack into a few DoD computers instead of sending people to try to nick a few confidential papers.

      • tarkwin

        My theory was if you create civil disorder in any city it is very difficult and very expensive to control. It is also relatively easy to hide your tracks. Trying to crack DoD computers would be much harder but no doubt entirely possible. I think the real problem is nothing is safe if it is connected to the net.

        • thor42

          “… if you create civil disorder in any city it is very difficult and very expensive to control.”
          I agree. However, the Chinese may not want to go that far (yet).
          If they don’t yet want to go that far, then hacking is a less brazenly-aggressive alternative, and it results in a gain (of information) to yourself, rather than simply harming a rival/adversary.

          • Mr_Blobby

            Correct they still want to be paid and have a market for there goods. Why destroy something you own.

    • Mr_Blobby

      No the other half would be running around like headless chickens within hours.

    • Mr_V4

      What about food?

  • Jonathan Pull

    America is whinging about cyber attacks when for how many years have America been forcing their way into other countries to force their way of live and governance on others by violent force.
    Cry me a river of crocodile tears America.

    • Ian

      You appear to hate the western way of life, why don’t you go and live in North Korea, it appears to be more to your political desire. No doubt you are either a Green, or Labour loser.

      • Jonathan Pull

        Asume all you like, I didn’t and won’t vote for labour or the greens.
        Makes you more the fool for constantly assuming that someone who disagrees with you must be a lefty.
        I’m quite happy with the western world EXCEPT americas over bearing military presence.
        But please don’t let facts get in the way of your moronic rantings.

  • thor42

    On the general topic of Country A vs adversary – one of my workmates got a text from his mate saying that Syria no longer had internet or cellphone access.

    If that’s true (I’ve seen no confirmation of it in the media) it could be the case that Assad and co could be doing some nasty stuff and not wanting outsiders to know.

  • Mr_V4

    I don’t understand why some of these ‘vulnerable/classified’ systems are even connected to the internet in the first place? Can someone explain why some of these things would even be accessible in the first place?

    Even if the system was 100% ‘secure’ there would still exist the human element which is never going to be 100% secure, as that hot russian spy proved …

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_izsdBzmzfog/TE7Swz7OR-I/AAAAAAAAAJE/iSueaVFUrVA/s1600/Anna+Chapman+AHotRussianSpy.jpg

  • Anonymouse Coward

    Speaking of this Spy v Spy nonsense I enjoyed the TV series The Americans that was playing on TV3. Unfortunately it was shown late has now finished and is only available “on demand”.

    The series is told from the point of view of Russian spies operating in Regan era America.

    The character I liked was the spy ring controller who looked like an old granny but would stick a syringe in your neck as quickly as look at ya.

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