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China’s Cyber Attack on American Military Precursor to War?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 26, 2014

Read the following and then reconsider hiring that Chinese national for a job in the US or abroad. The Chinese are nor nit and have never been our partners. The more they infiltrate civilized countries, the more we are at risk when war inevitably breaks out.

China’s military has conducted scores of cyber attacks against critical U.S. Transportation Command contractors a clear sign the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is preparing to disrupt U.S. logistics and supply networks in a future conflict.

The Chinese targeting of the Transcom networks, including 50 known attacks against 20 command contractors, was disclosed in a declassified Senate Armed Services Committee report made public last week.

“Cyber intrusions by foreign countries into the computer networks of the U.S. Transportation Command pose a threat to U.S. military operations,” the report concludes.

China’s military has targeted U.S. logistics – the systems used to provide arms, food, fuel and other military goods to deployed forces – for disruption in wartime and intelligence-gathering in preparation for war during peacetime, the report says.

Chinese military planners will “seek to use cyber capabilities to impede U.S. force deployment in a contingency,” the report states.

And the contractors hit by the Chinese included “operationally critical contractors” — both airlines and shipping companies.

The report also faulted the key military command for not being aware of the cyber attacks. “Transcom was unaware of the overwhelming majority of successful cyber intrusions,” the report said.

Not mentioned in the Senate report is the fact that the U.S. military’s decades-long program of military-to-military exchanges aimed at “building trust” with the PLA likely contributed to China’s cyber targeting of strategic Transcom logistics capabilities.



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