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China Modernizing Military Program, Pentagon Reports

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 9:54 AM Leave a comment Go to comments

China is working to modernize its military program to strengthen its capabilities in cyber space, according to a new Pentagon report.

Less than one month after Chinese military officials pledged to work with the U.S. on cyber issues, the Pentagon last week released its annual report on China to advise that the nation appears to be stepping up its efforts to engage in cyber espionage and electronic warfare.

“China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs,” the Pentagon wrote in the nearly 100-page report. “The information targeted could potentially be used to benefit China’s defense industry, high technology industries, policymaker interest in U.S. leadership thinking on key China issues, and military planners building a picture of U.S. network defense networks, logistics, and related military.”

The report went on to suggest that China is playing a “disruptive role” in efforts made by groups like the U.N. and ASEAN Regional Forum to establish international cyber transparency.

In preparing for electronic warfare, the Pentagon said China’s strategy “stresses that it is a vital fourth dimension to combat and should be considered equally with traditional ground, sea, and air forces.”

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Following are some additional cyber headlines you may have missed:

FEDERAL NEWS:

Senators propose law to combat cyber theft (Reuters)

DHS urged to hire outsider for new cyber chief (The Hill)

DHS working to fight cyber attacks, Napolitano says (Bloomberg)

Government takes precautions over expected ‘OpUSA’ cyber attack (ABC News)

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW:

Power companies present cybersecurity gaps (USA Today)

Banks say fed should lead in cybersecurity for industry (Bloomberg)

Intel takes on cyber-hackers with £250m Stonesoft buy (The Telegraph)

Huawei chief slams US government’s cybersecurity strategy (The Inquirer)

INTERNATIONAL  OUTLOOK:

Cyber attack targets Dutch government websites (AFP)

China denies Pentagon cyber-attack claims (The Telegraph)

New Zealand to change spy laws after Dotcom bungle (AFP)

Australia developing offensive cyber capabilities (Financial Review)

Thai government to enhance cybersecurity capability (FutureGov Asia)

HACKING HIGHLIGHTS:

DC radio falls victim to malicious cyber attack (WTOP)

Top 10 hacker-filled countries in the world (Silicon India)

Booming ‘zero-day’ trade has Washington cyber experts worried (Reuters)

Hacker covers Republican website with Viagra ads (New York Daily News)

Eight charged in massive debit card cyber attack targeting banks (Bloomberg)

CYBER INSIGHTS:

Cheapest way to rob bank seen in cyber attack like hustle (Bloomberg)

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