CHINA CY­BERTHREATS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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

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