Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.

This has been known for decades and they have had the capability for decades. They being China and Russia. Iran is the only new variable and phenomenon. Chinese chips are used in virtually almost everthing in the United States from home PCs to military fighter jets, ICBM and missile defense networks, and even Pentagon computer networks. When the US has disarmed enough or whenever the Sino-Soviet axis decides it’s tired of the US money printing, they could likely shut down the country with manchurian chips whenever they please.

Studies have shown that this could effectively kill upwards of 100 million Americans as vital infrastructure shuts down or becomes tainted. This includes hospitals, food processing plants, water systems or even pharamaceutical manufacturers that produce medications for the sick and elderly. The nation would be in a full blown crisis.

The warning decades later is scarier than the threat itself. How blind and how far behind is the intelligence community?

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. Continue reading

Inside the Ring: Invitation to China

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s unusual offer to China’s military to join a major U.S.-led naval exercise in the Pacific prompted several U.S. security officials to express fears privately that China will gain valuable war-fighting intelligence from the Rimpac, or Rim of the Pacific, exercise.

China’s military will learn details on how the United States conducts coalition warfare, a strategic war-fighting capability. It also will learn valuable data on U.S. communications used in naval warfare maneuvers, said defense officials familiar with the war games.

If China takes part, Chinese military intelligence would be given access to sensitive information on the planning for the exercise and the communications and procedures used in maneuvering large groups of forces from different nations. China could use the information in a future conflict, considering its growing cyberwarfare capabilities.

A provision of the 2000 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits any contacts with the People’s Liberation of Army that pose a national security risk, including joint war-fighting capabilities, a key element of the international war games.

To circumvent the restriction, the Pentagon over the past few months had lawyers review the prohibition. They told Mr. Panetta he could authorize the Chinese military participation by asserting it would not undermine U.S. security.

Full article: Inside the Ring: Invitation to China (Washington Times)