Rise In U.S. Hacker Attacks Against China

The PLA has been at this for decades, although they now have assigned the 4PLA to head the cyberwarfare theatre. It should be interesting to see if they can be beaten at their own game, but likely not with their advantage of having made the microchips and components our infrastructure, military hardware/software and  government communication systems (and possibly even our nuclear deterrent) is highly dependent on.

About 7.8 million Chinese computers were affected in 27,900 IP attacks that originated in other countries. And that’s just between January and June, China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team said on Monday.

The source of the attacks? The majority come from the U.S.

The United States hosted many of the overseas command and control servers that were used in the attacks — upwards of 24 percent. Japan was used 17.2 percent of the time, followed by computers in South Korea at 11.4 percent.

“Online attacks against our country are coming from outside our borders and the situation is growing more serious,” Zhou Yonglin, the team’s administration and operation director, told China Daily in an article published in Monday’s edition.

The number of computers affected so far this is nearly the same as the 47,000 attacks in all of 2011.

Full article: Rise In U.S. Hacker Attacks Against China (Forbes)

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