美国国家安全局(National Security Agency)局长基思．亚历山大 (Keith Alexander) 上将，同时兼任军方快速壮大的“网路战”司令部指挥官。他最近告诉国会，他正在创立12个以上的网路攻击部门，必要时针对外国的计算机网路发动攻击。
United States Set to Counterattack China’s Hackers
On May 6th, the U.S. Department of Defense published
a report on China’s military power and defense in 2013.
It highlighted the increase in China’s air and naval forces,
including its military spending,
which was much higher than that in Beijing’s report.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Defense publicly
accused China’s hackers of cyber-attacks, for the first time.
Will the US be fighting back against China’s cyber-attacks?
—Let’s see the expert analyses.
The U.S. Department of Defense in Washington
has released a near 100-page report saying that
Beijing has been launching long-term hacking activities
to get a comprehensive understanding of U.S. foreign policy
and military power.
It reported: “In 2012, a large number of computer systems
worldwide, including many of the U.S. government systems,
have been targeted by hackers; some of which seemed to
directly come from the Chinese government and military."
Washington had previously called on Beijing
to control the hacking activities of network information.
However, the U.S. representative at the time
referred only to attacks of the economic field.
Now, for the first time in the history, the U.S. government
has explicitly accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
of launching cyber-attacks on the United States.
[Wu Fan, Editor-in-Chief of Chinese affairs]:
“The goal of the CCP’s network attacks is not to destroy
its target, but to steal from it."
It’s understood that 90% of internet espionage
in the U.S. has come from China,
but such a blatant accusation in the annual China Military
Power Report is unprecedented.
Network security company Mandiant says, troops in Pudong,
Shanghai, are likely to be mainland official hackers.
Wu Fan says, the US began warning the CCP
regarding hacking activities some years ago
but the CCP have ignored the warnings and have continued,
so the United States may now begin fighting back.
[Wu Fan]: “Americans have had enough and
they already know that
the Chinese will keep attacking—warnings are useless;
the next step for the Americans will be to fight back.
Now, in the U.S. military report to the Congress,
the Department of Defense has openly named the offender.
This means that the US is ready to fight back
and they will be very sufficient in counterattacking.
Once this cyber war begins,
China will not be able to stand it."
On May 6th, the Washington Post also reported that
the Pentagon had issued its most clear public accusation against Beijing.
Admiral Keith Alexander, the director of the U.S. National
Security Agency and commander-in-chief of the cyber war,
told Congress that he’d established over 12 network attack
departments to counterattack foreign networks, if necessary.
The U.S. Department of Defense report says that
the goal of the CCP’s network espionage is to collect
information on U.S. armaments, weapons, and its technology industry.
Meanwhile, the CCP wants to understand the U.S.’position
on many issues and their thoughts about the Chinese army.
Through cyber-attacks, China’s military strategists
are trying to gain understanding of the U.S. military power,
which will come in handy when there’s a crisis."
The report also reveals that China’s 2012 military spending
was between 102-billion to 163-billion Euros;
much higher than the figures Beijing announced this March,
which claimed the spending to be only 90-billion Euros.
Wu Fan believes that the figures released
by the United States are much closer to reality.
[Wu Fan]: “I think the figure may be even higher than that
China has vigorously developed its sea, land and air space,
including networks—such a comprehensive development
isn’t limited to the military industry but
includes development of material, trafficking,
transportation and cave-digging to store weapons."
In recent years, the issue of mainland China’s
military spending has concerned the outside world.
The international community largely believes that the CCP’s
actual military spending is 2 to 3 times higher than it claims.