“Are you an idiot?” runs through my mind.
Well, having lived in China – China, not Taiwan (let’s not mince words) – I have had some experience with the concept of ‘critical mass’ as well as ‘population explosion’ amongst other terms.
When I was living there (2002 – 2004) I was told by a friend (who’s boyfriend was on the police force – in a senior level) that there were “more than” 40,000 Internet police in China.
Let’s break that down, shall we?
China PRC’s population (is in excess of): 1,321,000,000 people
USA population (is in excess of): 301,000,000 people.
That is 4.3x more people than are in the USA. You should be thinking A TON OF PEOPLE.
So… can you imagine 10,000 Internet police in the USA? The censorship levels in China are insane – people literally go to jail for blogging.
So, there are a ton of people.
Playing on the web. Surfing the web. Getting arrested for what they type on the web.
So back to the beginning. Before I copy paste text … let’s agree that we’ll READ the verbs as they are intended. The NICE thing about English is that we have a LOT of verbs.
So here is the first quote from the article:
Computer network intrusions at the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, think tanks and government contractors last year “appeared to originate” in China, according to the report.
Intrusions = undesired entries / access to
They are saying that Chinese nationals penetrated some systems at the Pentagon. Hey, maybe the systems were ‘honeypots‘ or maybe they weren’t. Who knows. Government money only goes so far.
In addition, computer intrusions in Germany, apparently by Chinese hackers, occur daily, along with infiltrations in France and Britain, the Pentagon said. Last year, British intelligence officials alerted financial institutions across the country that they were targets of “state-sponsored computer network exploitation” from China.
Agreed that they US or UK governments don’t have a lot of credibility anymore … but they don’t often have France and German joining ranks.
What I love as a political junkie, and hate as an anti-Politically-Correct flunky is the language used:
The Pentagon report does not directly accuse the Chinese military or government of the attacks but says the incidents are consistent with recent military thinking in that country. David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia, said cyber-warfare was an area of growing concern and he called on the Chinese to clarify their intentions.
“The techniques that are used, the way these intrusions are conducted, are certainly very consistent with what you would need if you were going to actually carry out cyber-warfare, and the kinds of activities that are carried out are consistent with a lot of writings we see from Chinese military and Chinese military theorists,” Sedney said.
U.S. military officials believe that Chinese cyber-warfare advances, coupled with China’s increasing skill at neutralizing information-transmitting satellites and other capabilities, is part of a military objective of crippling potential foes, even those that may be militarily superior such as the United States, in the event of an international crisis or confrontation.
So, are these “script-kiddies” (do the Google search on that term; it’s a derogative term for hackers) that are performing these “intrusions” to their networks? How exactly does a non-technologically trained person hack their way in to the Pentagon (or any NATO government’s website / computer systeem)? Of course the people doing it do so with the governments knowledge. The 40,000 plus internet cops aren’t stupid. They know how to watch ports, they know exactly which PCs in China are accessing any server or network in the world (due to their firewall logs). It is only possible for a person in the PRC to go on the Internet with out the government knowing where they’re accessing by using a CELL PHONE and dialing up to another country; and even that wouldn’t guarantee privacy.
Do hackers REALLY access them, or is this marketing? One has NO IDEA.
Am I a seditionist because I can’t believe that we don’t put GOOD MONEY into stopping this? I know we sometimes put good money after bad in OTHER areas, but allowing Chinese hackers to enter military systems?
Okay, so you’re thinking “Parker is an idiot”. You’re right assuming you can explain this:
“Pentagon officials admit that they lack a clear understanding of China, despite its status as America’s second-largest trading partner. During nearly every U.S. official visit to China, military officials press Beijing to disclose details of its spending plans and explain why it is building up its military capabilities.
“The lack of transparency in China’s military and security affairs poses risks to stability by increasing the potential for misunderstanding and miscalculation,” the report says. “This situation will naturally and understandably lead to hedging against the unknown.”
Beijing announced plans today to increase its military budget this year by 17.6% to $59 billion. This follows a record 17.8% hike last year. But Western observers suspect that China’s actual military budget is much larger.”
First of all, EVERY country in my opinion lies about its TRUE military budget; we do.
Do some research, as the PRC has pushed SO MUCH MONEY towards military (like Reagan at the beginning of his run) such that other governments may WANT to keep up, but if they try (like the USA) they will bankrupt themselves in the process.
Interesting reading = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt
So, is PRC trying to hack the world? Of course they are. It’s in they’re vested interest.
War is a state of mind. We should, at least, always be WORRIED about warfare. The strange part of war is that one NEVER knows when it starts – and the idea of PREDICTION is a fallacy. We never know. So the FEAR of war should keep us on our toes.