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WASHINGTON – China’s quest to develop a cyberwarfare capability is designed to cripple the national defense infrastructure of the United States in a potential pre-emptive attack, according to a new report from the bi-partisan congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
In a 136-page report titled “Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage,” the commission asserted that Chinese advances in cyberwarfare were specifically targeting U.S. military systems.
“Chinese capabilities in computer network operations have advanced sufficiently to pose a genuine risk to U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict,” the commission said.
In recent testimony, Adm. Robert Willard, who is commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said that the U.S. command and control system is a primary target of Chinese cyberwarfare.
The report pointed out that Chinese success in acquiring advanced cyber technologies was through joint ventures with top U.S. information technology and Internet security firms.
“Chinese commanders may elect to use critical U.S. networks carrying logistics and command and control data to collect highly valuable real-time intelligence or to corrupt the data without destroying the networks or hardware,” the report said.
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