Ultima Thule

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Chinese cyberthreat

By Aussiegirl
I know I've been posting a lot on China lately, but that's because this is more important than the idiocy being peddled by the media about whether or not Karl Rove whispered sweet nothings in the ear of some reporter about a woman who wasn't even a clandestine agent.

While the American media fiddles and raves on about Abu Graib, the shortage of white gloves available to handle the Koran at GITMO and other matters of earth-shattering import, dangers gather around the world and our government and media seem blissfully unaware or willfully ignorant while they fight over meaningless inanities. Wake up America -- who will remember Karl Rove or Valerie Plame ten years from now?
The American Thinker is emerging as one of the best sites on the internet to get insightful analysis on emerging threats to the U.S.. Read today's article on the Chinese threat to cyberspace.

On numerous occasions in the past, China's authoritarian regime has publicly stated that the U.S. is its ideological enemy. Comments made by Chinese defector Chen Yonglin to Australian authorities in June support the theory that China's leaders view the U.S. as their main adversary.

"The U.S. is considered by the Chinese Communist Party as the largest enemy, the major strategic rival. The U.S. occupies a unique place in China's diplomacy...."

With inflammatory statements like those noted by Chen Yonglin, it is easy to understand why national security questions still resonate in Washington from the December purchase of IBM's PC division by China's largest computer company Lenovo. Although eventually approved by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), critical questions concerning the ultimate use of the company's state-of-the-art computers as they relate to state-sponsored cyber crime and hacking attacks, still remain largely unanswered.

Specifically, could Lenovo computers or other domestic computers be used by Beijing to initiate a coordinated cyber attack against the U.S. to fracture the stability of global financial markets, interrupt international communications, damage interconnected security networks and harm the overall effectiveness and rapid response capabilities of the U.S. military?

If history is any indication, the possibility of such an attack is authentic and should be given serious attention.

Washington should be deeply concerned about the growing possibility of a massive, state-sponsored cyber attack against U.S. interests originating from mainland China. However, the opposite seems to be true. Surprisingly, there seems to be a dangerous lack of leadership, information sharing, structural flexibility and vision in the area of cyber security. "They are ignoring cyber security and it poses an enormous vulnerability," said Edward Lazowska, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.


At 7:26 AM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

If you were our enemy, how would you bring us down? Obviously, you have to attack our weaknesses with your strengths.

What are the World`s lone superpower`s weaknesses? Our soft hearts (and soft heads), our short attention spans, our political divisions, our dependence on foreign oil, and our increasing military (and economic) dependence on high tech/computer oriented technology.

The War on Terror has exploited the first four weaknesses with limited success, although time is on the Jihadists side. They have found it difficult to exploit the last, which may well be the most dangerous.

The Chinese are looking at all of these, and are putting contingency plans in place. They have been funding Jihadist organizations to act as a proxy against us. The problems in North Korea would go away if China was serious about making them go, but they divide Americans and weaken our resolve. China has been sucking up increasing amounts of oil, driving the prices up and thus limiting the supply available to America. Finally, they have been working on crashing our technology.

The Chinese have been particularly interested in Cyber-Warfare, as well as developing Electromagnetic Pulse weapons (EMP`s) which would knock out all of our electronics in a war. The Russians had developed satellite killers, and I suspect the Chinese have been hard at that, too. America is too dependent on computers and high-speed communications, and a technological crash would leave us helpless.

That is why I get so angry at this foolish political jockeying; we are facing dark forces arrayed against us. China is the ultimate enemy here. Islamic fundamentalism would be easy to defeat by itself. Too many enemies continue to support it. Certainly China has used terrorists as proxy`s in what they see as a cold war with the United States. It`s time we wake up to that fact.

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