A report by an Asian-oriented think tank warns that China is engaged in major cyberwarfare and cyberespionage operations that threaten U.S. national security and require a coordinated U.S. response.
The report by the Project 2049 Institute says “the cyber domain is emerging as a new dimension in conflicts of the future.”
Based on Beijing’s political insecurities and its drive for total information awareness, China’s ruling Communist Party, state authorities and the People’s Liberation Army are “waging a coordinated [computer network operations] campaign against a broad range of international targets,” the report says.
“Chinese cyber espionage poses an advanced persistent threat to U.S. national and economic security.
“Groups operating from [Chinese] territory are believed to be waging a coordinated cyber espionage campaign targeting U.S. government, industrial and think-tank computer networks.”
A dozen groups were identified and connected to the Chinese military. The most active ones operate from Beijing and Shanghai.
Victims of the cyberattacks in the United States include U.S. government networks, the defense industry, high-technology and energy companies, think tanks and other nongovernmental organizations, media outlets and academic institutions.
The report identified the military’s General Staff Department Third Department as the main source, and said one unit in particular, the Beijing North