A report from the Pentagon says that China has been engaged in cyber espionage, mostly targeting the United States government to gain more information about its foreign policy and military plan. The report is part of an annual assessment of China’s military capabilities and is the most explicit statement so far regarding cyber spying activities.
The report states that China is using its computer network exploitation (CNE) capabilities for intelligence collection, including targeting US government computer networks, all in its attempt to gain better insight into how America does it policy deliberations and the level of its military capabilities. It also claims that the massive intrusions experienced in 2012 by many computer systems around the world can be traced to the Chinese government and military.
The US government has issued demands before for China to stop their hacking activities, but mostly it has been focused on private companies. But the report clearly shows that targeting government systems can be a different matter as they can benefit China’s arms and technology sectors. Gaining knowledge about US policies can help them in “building a picture of US network defence networks, logistics, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis”.
The report also shows Beijing’s steady build-up of its military prowess, estimating their 2012 military spending at 135-215 billion dollars, a much bigger figure than what they announced as their annual defence spending, which was at 114 billion dollars. Most of their investments are focused on missiles and other weaponry to attack those that might be deployed within the Western Pacific, where China is claiming an arc of islands. On a positive note, the report says that they have reached “positive momentum” in developing US-China military relations, citing a counter-piracy exercise between their forces in the Gulf of Aiden last year, as well as developing high-level contacts to improve their relations.
[ via Channel News Asia ]
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