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Five myths about Chinese hackers

Five myths about Chinese hackers | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Are they really hurting us?

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If you work in Washington — on the Hill or on K Street, at a law firm or at a think tank — you’ve probably been hacked. If you work at a major American company, you’ve probably been hacked, too. The penetration of U.S. computer networks by Chinese hackers has been going on for more than three decades. It’s good that it is finally getting attention, but with that spotlight have come exaggeration and myths that need to be discarded.

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1. We are in a cyber cold war with China.
2. China’s hackers are unstoppable cyberwarriors.
3. China is poised to launch crippling attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure.
4. Cyber-espionage is causing the greatest transfer of wealth in history.
5. America spies on China, too, so what can we complain about?

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James Andrew Lewis is a senior fellow and director of the technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Hack attack: China blames US for increased cyber attacks - Shanghaiist

Hack attack: China blames US for increased cyber attacks - Shanghaiist | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Hack attack: China blames US for increased cyber attacks
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Okay, probably the most laughable statement of the century, but clearly both sides are in on the cyberwarfare.
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Regional Cyber Center-Korea secures, defends Army networks - United States Army (press release)

Regional Cyber Center-Korea secures, defends Army networks - United States Army (press release) | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Regional Cyber Center-Korea secures, defends Army networks
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Miller said that when U.S.
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South Korea's cyber-war ambitions could backfire badly - Phys.org

South Korea's cyber-war ambitions could backfire badly - Phys.org | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
The US believes a cyber-attack should be treated as an act of war and would like to reserve the right to retaliate using good old-fashioned bombs and bullets if the time comes. This is quite reasonable in many ways, given how ...
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Enter the Cyber-dragon

Enter the Cyber-dragon | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Neither Washington nor corporate America wants to admit it, but Chinese hackers have compromised everything from industrial secrets to the defense secretary’s computer system.
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Anatomy of the Deep State - BillMoyers.com

Anatomy of the Deep State - BillMoyers.com | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Anatomy of the Deep State BillMoyers.com During the time in 2011 when political warfare over the debt ceiling was beginning to paralyze the business of governance in Washington, the United States government somehow summoned the resources to...
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U.S. Running Out Of Allies On Cyber Battlefield - Dark Reading

U.S. Running Out Of Allies On Cyber Battlefield - Dark Reading | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
U.S. Running Out Of Allies On Cyber Battlefield
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All of these subjects will be tackled at the RSA Conference next week in a panel discussion titled "Cyber Battle: The Future of Conflict." ...
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Are Businesses Prepared for a Cyber War? | GAA Accounting

Are Businesses Prepared for a Cyber War? | GAA Accounting | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
In early 2013, US security firm Mandiant released what The New York Times described as an unusually detailed 60-page report on the apparent activities of a cyberwar cell in China's People's Liberation Army.
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LEAM Notes 15: The American Pivot to Asia in Cyberspace | LEAM ...

LEAM Notes 15: The American Pivot to Asia in Cyberspace | LEAM ... | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
It is obvious that in a potential conflict, the command center and military networks will be come under massive cyberattacks. The Asia Pivot in cyberspace has two dimensions. One is a general buildup ...
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Are US and Chinese Cyber Intrusions So Different?

Are US and Chinese Cyber Intrusions So Different? | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Both the U.S. and China have been linked to cyber snooping. How different are their activities?

 

At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June of this year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel voiced concernabout “the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military.” Indeed, earlier this year the long-suspected role of the People’s Liberation Army in cyber espionage was confirmed by Mandiant, a U.S. security firm. Now intrusions seem to be targeted at defense and aerospace industries using the same tactics. Similarly, those Chinese hackers who breached the New York Timescomputer network last year appear to be mounting intrusions with updated malware. Asked about its connection to the attack against the Times, the Ministry of National Defense replied, accusing “the Chinese military of launching cyberattacks without solid proof is unprofessional and baseless.”...............

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Insightful to say the least. 

 

What is the difference between a paranoid and democratically elected government [USA] wanting to spy on its own citizens, not to mention its allies [A big Thank you Mr Snowden] on the pretext of “security” and “terrorism” on one hand and an allegedly repressive “undemocratic” government [China – PRC] wanting to curb media and internet freedom ?? 

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InfoSec Institute Resources – China vs US, cyber superpowers compared

InfoSec Institute Resources – China vs US, cyber superpowers compared | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it

In the last months, the press agencies and government official bulletins have reported several news regarding continuous cyber-attacks having Chinese origin, most of them with cyber espionage purpose, but the risk for sabotage operations is concrete and not to underestimate.

The country that suffers the Chinese offensive most of all is the US. The official list of cyber-attacks that hit US is very long and it is considered just the tip of the iceberg, every sector is under pressure, military, technology sector, and also the media.

The Chinese attackers operate in a manner very similar, the techniques and the malicious code that has been adopted in different attacks are substantially the same, this observation and the ascertainment that the Chinese Government operates a strict control over the access to the Internet led security experts to think that the events are conducted by state-sponsored hackers.

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The first Air Force Cyber Command was created in a provisional status in November 2006, on 23 June 2009, the Secretary of Defense directed the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to establish USCYBERCOM that reached full operational capability on 31 October 2010 when the command assumed responsibility for several existing organizations.

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Network Effects

Network Effects | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
A computer science laboratory at China’s Wuhan University has been linked by U.S. intelligence agencies to Chinese military cyber attacks on the West. According to U.S. officials, the Key Laborat
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PLA and Shanghai Jiaotong linked on cyber-war papers

PLA and Shanghai Jiaotong linked on cyber-war papers | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Shanghai academics reported to have history of co-operation on technical research papers

 

Academics at a top university have collaborated for years on technical research papers with a PLA unit accused of being at the heart of the alleged cyber-war against Western commercial targets.


In reviewing the links between the PLA and Shanghai Jiaotong, whose students include former president Jiang Zemin, the head of the nation's top carmaker and the former executive of its most popular internal portal, at least three papers on cyber-warfare were found on a document-sharing web site that were co-authored by university faculty members and PLA researchers.


The papers, on network security and attack detection, state on their title pages they were written by Unit 61398 researchers and professors at Shanghai Jiaotong's School of Information Security Engineering (Sise).

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The papers, on network security and attack detection, state on their title pages they were written by Unit 61398 researchers and professors at Shanghai Jiaotong's School of Information Security Engineering (Sise).

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The US is the Cyber Aggressor: The Great Cyberscare

The US is the Cyber Aggressor: The Great Cyberscare | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Why the Pentagon is razzmatazzing you about those big bad Chinese hackers.

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The White House likes a bit of threat. In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama wanted to nudge Congress yet again into passing meaningful legislation. The president emphasized that America's enemies are "seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems." After two failed attempts to pass a cybersecurity act in the past two years, he added swiftly: "We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy." Fair enough. A bit of threat to prompt needed action is one thing. Fear-mongering is something else: counterproductive. Yet too many a participant in the cybersecurity debate reckons that puffery pays off.


The Pentagon, no doubt, is the master of razzmatazz. Leon Panetta set the tone by warning again and again of an impending "cyber Pearl Harbor." Just before he left the Pentagon, the Defense Science Board delivered a remarkable report, Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat. The paper seemed obsessed with making yet more drastic historical comparisons: "The cyber threat is serious," the task force wrote, "with potential consequences similar to the nuclear threat of the Cold War." The manifestations of an all-out nuclear war would be different from cyberattack, the Pentagon scientists helpfully acknowledged. But then they added, gravely, that "in the end, the existential impact on the United States is the same."

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The US is the Cyber Aggressor ;

 

"Which leads to the next point: The media want to sell copy through threat inflation. "In Cyberspace, New Cold War," the headline writers at the Times intoned in late February. "The U.S. is not ready for a cyberwar," shrieked the Washington Post earlier this week. Instead of calling out the above-mentioned Pentagon report, the paper actually published two supportive articles on it and pointed out that a major offensive cyber capability now seemed essential "in a world awash in cyber-espionage, theft and disruption." The Post should have reminded its readers that the only military-style cyberattack that has actually created physical damage -- Stuxnet -- was actually executed by the United States government."

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Pentagon plans to triple cyber staff in 2 years - Dayton Business Journal (blog)

Pentagon plans to triple cyber staff in 2 years - Dayton Business Journal (blog) | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
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Pentagon plans to triple cyber staff in 2 years
Dayton Business Journal (blog)
Any increase in cyber workers could be good for the Dayton region, which is home to the Center for Cyberspace Research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei:

NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it

The U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said its report on the operation, code-named "Shotgiant," was based on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, the former agency contractor who since last year has leaked data revealing sweeping U.S. surveillance activities. The German magazine Der Spiegel also reported on the documents.

One of the goals of the operation was to find any connections between Huawei and the Chinese People's Liberation Army, according to a 2010 document cited by the Times.

But the newspaper said the operation also sought to exploit Huawei's technology. It reported that the NSA aimed to conduct surveillance through computer and telephone networks Huawei sold to other nations. If ordered by the U.S. president, the NSA also planned to unleash offensive cyber operations, it said.

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Operation "Shotgiant" :  The original goal of Operation "Shotgiant" was to find links between Shenzhen-based Huawei and the Chinese military, according to a 2010 document cited by the Times.

But it then expanded with the goal of learning how to penetrate Huawei computer and telephone networks sold to third countries.

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Former NPS chief nominated to head Navy Cyber Command ...

Former NPS chief nominated to head Navy Cyber Command ... | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
The former president of the Naval Postgraduate School has been nominated for the top post at Navy Cyber Command, formally known as the U.S. 10th Fleet. In its announcement, the Pentagon said she had been nominated ...
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Forget China: Iran's hackers are America's newest cyber threat

Forget China: Iran's hackers are America's newest cyber threat | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Western analysts see Iran's embrace of cyberattacks as a strategic attempt to counter the conventional military forces of the United States and Iran's regional rivals, particularly Saudi Arabia.
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Let's debate futuristic weapons while we still have time - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Let's debate futuristic weapons while we still have time - Minneapolis Star Tribune | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Let's debate futuristic weapons while we still have time Minneapolis Star Tribune Cyberwarfare — It is not clear yet whether software can serve as a weapon in the traditional sense, but it is clear that cybertools will increasingly be used to...
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War News Updates: The Growing Iranian Hacker Threat

War News Updates: The Growing Iranian Hacker Threat | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
War News Updates > The Growing Iranian Hacker Threat: Forget China: Iran's Hackers Are America's Newest Cyber ... http://t.co/0r53qN6cQY
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US Cyber Command achieves ‘full operational capability,’ international cyberbullies be warned | Celebrities

US Cyber Command achieves ‘full operational capability,’ international cyberbullies be warned | Celebrities | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
A sword, a lightning bolt, a key, a globe, and a bird. These are the symbols of your United States Cyber Command, which you’ll be proud to know has “achieved full operational capability.” FOC is when a military organization basically has what it...
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Cyberwar Hackers Attacks - Stealing U.S. Secrets, Jobs, Banks Acct (Credited video for 60Minutes)

Louielamson2000 Channel :-: Education Societal Networks https://www.facebook.com/louielamson.nguyen 2014 CYBER-WAR HACKERS THREAT ATTACKS TO U.S! (Estimate U...
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China Commentary is back in action.

Getting PNN and DOSID operational. More below:

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I was a little tied up, in the last few months getting the Beta versions of DOSID [Daily Open Source Intelligence Digest] and  PNN [ Provincial News Network] up and running.

 

 

DOSID can be found here: (Partly China Specific)

http://www.dosid.org/

 

PNN can be found here: (China Specific)

http://www.pnn.org.in/

 

DOSID and PNN for now are a one man show. As such these site are still in beta. 

 

Looking forward for any feedback and comments.

Cheers

vivi

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Report: Chinese hackers resume attacks on U.S. targets

Report: Chinese hackers resume attacks on U.S. targets | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it

In the picture: View of the building of Unit 61398 of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), which is reportedly the home of a secretive unit of government-backed hackers, in Pudong, Shanghai, China, February, 20, 2013. / IMAGINECHINA VIA AP IMAGES

 

After a few months of silence, Chinese government-backed hackers are back on the hunt and going after U.S. targets, according to a New York Times report.

 

Back in February, the Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing's government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies.

 

The report may have caused the Chinese hackers to go silent, or at least be more subtle for a time, but not anymore, according to the Times.

 

The hackers, who are reportedly housed in a well-guarded 12-story headquarters on the edges of Shanghai, are now using different techniques, according to the Times.

DOSID's insight:

It is not clear who is the latest target of Chinese hackers, but Mandiant told the Times many of the same clients who had been attacked previously were targets this time as well.

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Five myths about Chinese hackers

Five myths about Chinese hackers | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
Are they really hurting us?

_______________________________________________________

If you work in Washington — on the Hill or on K Street, at a law firm or at a think tank — you’ve probably been hacked. If you work at a major American company, you’ve probably been hacked, too. The penetration of U.S. computer networks by Chinese hackers has been going on for more than three decades. It’s good that it is finally getting attention, but with that spotlight have come exaggeration and myths that need to be discarded.

______________________________________________________


1. We are in a cyber cold war with China.
2. China’s hackers are unstoppable cyberwarriors.
3. China is poised to launch crippling attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure.
4. Cyber-espionage is causing the greatest transfer of wealth in history.
5. America spies on China, too, so what can we complain about?

DOSID's insight:

James Andrew Lewis is a senior fellow and director of the technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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How To: Hack like China’s Government -

How To: Hack like China’s Government - | US China Cyber War | Scoop.it
UPDATE on Jan 13, 2010: Citing this paper and the one I added at the bottom, Google today announced that hacking concerns in China have prompted a broad review
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Slightly dated this Scoop but very relevant.

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