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[infowar.de] WP über CIA-Report China/Cyberangriffe
Der Artikel aus der Washington Post verst=E4rkt den Eindruck =FCber den CI=
Nichts wissen und das Schlimmste annehmen.
Worries of Cyberattacks on U.S. Are Aired
Chinese Military Is Looking for Ways; Students Seen Gearing Up for Disrupt=
By Bill Miller
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 26, 2002; Page A26
U.S. officials warned yesterday that the Chinese military may be searching=
to attack defense and civilian computer networks in the United States and =
But they said intelligence analysts have concluded that China so far lacks=
to cause much disruption.
The assessment was included in a classified report recently issued by the =
also warned of a more immediate cybersecurity concern involving Chinese st=
Although the Chinese military cannot yet disrupt key computer systems, "yo=
u have to
be mindful of it and concerned they might have that goal," a U.S. governme=
official said yesterday. "The Chinese themselves have acknowledged, in the=
press, their interest."
But Chinese students could be planning a series of cyberattacks against U.=
government and business Web sites during the next several weeks; it's simi=
widespread hacking that took place a year ago after the collision of a U.S=
surveillance aircraft and a Chinese jet fighter over the South China Sea, =
official, who asked not to be identified.
There is no evidence tying those "harassment" activities to the Chinese mi=
In the past, students have used Chinese servers to spread computer viruses=
deface or overwhelm U.S. Web sites, the official said.
With spring break coming up, and the passing of the anniversary of the air=
authorities believe Chinese students are gearing up for a wave of attacks =
political messages, the official said.
The CIA recently issued the classified report warning government policymak=
Defense Department, U.S. diplomats and law enforcement agencies to watch f=
Chinese student hackers trying to spread computer viruses or deface Intern=
The same report included an assessment that the Chinese government lacks t=
ability to "carry out its intended goal" of disrupting Taiwanese computer =
U.S. military logistics, according to a source familiar with the findings.=
The report and
its contents were first made public yesterday by the Los Angeles Times.
A CIA spokesman said the agency does not comment on intelligence reports.
Officials at the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not return telephone me=
Toshi Yoshihara, a research fellow with the Institute for Foreign Policy A=
the Chinese military views cyberwarfare as "a way to overcome America's mi=
superiority" and a means to keep the United States from interfering in any=
with Taiwan, or to at least disrupt U.S. military communications in the ea=
stages of a battle.
Yoshihara, a specialist on China's military and China-Taiwan relations, sa=
developing the ability to disable military and civilian computer systems i=
to the Chinese because it fits a "strategy of winning without fighting, at=
He said cyberattacks carry with them the element of surprise and can alarm=
Although Pentagon and CIA officials and scholars have been monitoring
developments for years, Yoshihara said it is difficult to gauge China's te=
capacity because of its military secrecy.
"We frankly know very little about what the Chinese have been developing i=
years," he said. "We should remain vigilant."
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