Pentagon Accuses Chinese Government and Army of Backing Cyber-Attacks

A U.S. Defense Department’s report says some hacking attempts “appear…

A U.S. Defense Department’s report says some hacking attempts “appear to be attributable directly” to official organizations in Beijing

Washington stepped up its charges against Beijing-backed cyber-attacks Monday, as an official report on China’s military activities described the country’s government and army as possible instigators of hacking campaigns against U.S. government websites.

Under a section titled “Cyber Activities Directed Against the Department of Defense,” the Pentagon’s annual report on “military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China” reads: “In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.

“China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs,” the report continues. “The information targeted could potentially be used to benefit China’s defense industry, high technology industries, policymaker interest in U.S. leadership thinking on key China issues, and military planners building a picture of U.S. network defense networks, logistics and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis.”

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