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Chinese Increasing Hacking Capabilities

Posted by Joshua Price on November 2, 2007

This story from The Washington Times today should make you feel even better about the 3Com-Huawei Technology potential deal.

Senior military commanders at the U.S. Pacific Command here said China’s recent test of an anti-satellite weapon and increased computer-hacking activities prompted increased defenses for U.S. forces in the region and in space.

“U.S. space capabilities are an asymmetric advantage that we have to maintain,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
“There has been significant discussion and activity to assess the impact of [the anti-satellite test] and other [Chinese] space developments, and how to protect our extraordinarily important space capability,” he said in an interview at the command’s headquarters at Camp H.M. Smith.
Pentagon officials have said Chinese military hackers in recent months carried out computer-based attacks on Pentagon and U.S. military and civilian government computer networks, as well as on foreign government networks.

The article continues:

“We expect actions that are consistent with the professed desire for a peaceful, responsible rise of China as a more significant player on the Pacific and world stage,” he said

Chinese military computer attacks “would not be consistent” with Beijing’s claim to be a peaceful rising power, he said.
Air Force Gen. Paul Hester, commander of U.S. air forces in the Pacific, said in a separate interview that China’s anti-satellite weapons and computer hacking are being watched closely.

Of the January anti-satellite weapons test by China, Gen. Hester said, “This new, out-of-the-blue test by China was certainly not expected. Does it change the equation? Absolutely. They’ve demonstrated the capability.”
Gen. Hester said he is concerned that such anti-satellite weapons could be used to disrupt U.S. military communications with commanders in Japan and South Korea.
“We are focused intently on that to make sure that the assurance of satellites and the protection of satellites is robust,” he said.
Gen. Leaf also discussed the Pentagon’s new “hedge” strategy of continuing to engage Beijing but preparing for a war if China turns hostile in the future.
“If there is a significant military capability in the region and the Chinese have a significant military capability, we cannot allow that or any other military capability to outstrip us to the point where we’re not effective,” Gen. Leaf said.

But remember, China is moving towards a freer economy and that’s all that matters. This really should be the last straw for this potential deal.

I just don’t know when our elected officials and businesses are going to wake up and realize the very real threat that China poses to us.

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