Here’s a post on the Times Online’s Technology page (let me know if the link goes bad – I’ve had a few problems with their site, so I have a hard copy back up, but I want to link to their page if I can):
Tim Reid in Washington
Chinese military hackers have prepared a detailed plan to disable America’s aircraft battle carrier fleet with a devastating cyber attack, according to a Pentagon report obtained by The Times.
The blueprint for such an assault, drawn up by two hackers working for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is part of an aggressive push by Beijing to achieve “electronic dominance” over each of its global rivals by 2050, particularly the US, Britain, Russia and South Korea.
China’s ambitions extend to crippling an enemy’s financial, military and communications capabilities early in a conflict, according to military documents and generals’ speeches that are being analysed by US intelligence officials. Describing what is in effect a new arms race, a Pentagon assessment states that China’s military regards offensive computer operations as “critical to seize the initiative” in the first stage of a war.
The plan to cripple the US aircraft carrier battle groups was authored by two PLA air force officials, Sun Yiming and Yang Liping. It also emerged this week that the Chinese military hacked into the US Defence Secretary’s computer system in June; have regularly penetrated computers in at least 10 Whitehall departments, including military files, and infiltrated German government systems this year.
So – the PLA honestly thinks that they can take the world on? HECK! They couldn’t even hold on to Taiwan! If they’re really asking for it, 5 billion can beat 1.3 billion.They’re just being stupid – they’re getting desperate. What is it with Oriental leaders being attention whores? 1st we had Kim Jong Il and North Korea, and now China wants some action.I say we take them off the Security Council, and put the Republic of China back on, as they rightfully should be. This of course would cause the People’s Republic to attack them, starting WWIII, but they’d lose.
I say – we just go in and show them that they don’t mess with the world.
Iran and the Middle East is no longer the problem – I mean, sure they pose threats, but China is the big one. Their leaders are almost as crazy as Lil’ Kim.
The countries around China and North Korea need to step in and keep them in line – Russia, Japan, and South Korea. Then, when they need back-up, get Britain, Canada, the U.S., and anybody else who likes freedom involved.