‘Paralysis warfare’: China’s cyber focus is to cripple U.S. infrastructure

China’s cyber warfare capabilities have become sophisticated enough to easily cripple key elements of the U.S. national defense infrastructure in a pre-emptive attack, according to a new report.

The bipartisan congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission released an analysis on March 8 titled “Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage.” The 136-page report details China’s spectacular advances in cyber warfare capabilities specifically targeting the U.S. military.

The Chinese call this type of preemptive cyber attack “paralysis warfare,” say the report’s authors, Bryan Krekel, Patton Adams and George Bakos, information security experts for Northrop Grumman.

“Unlike traditional air or ballistic missile strikes, network attack and exploitation in particular can be initiated prior to the start of traditional hostilities without being a de-facto cassus belli and if done properly, can be implanted with little or no attribution back to China,” the report states.

Full article: ‘Paralysis warfare’: China’s cyber focus is to cripple U.S. infrastructure (World Tribune)

The Coming China Cyberwar

China’s Military Is Prepared to Wage Large-Scale Cyberwarfare Attacks Against U.S. Military, Civilian Networks

China’s military has developed highly sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities that would be used to cripple computer networks at the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Transportation Command that would direct American forces to defend Taiwan in a future conflict, according to a congressional report.

The cyber attacks would begin weeks before actual hostilities, as cyber warriors associated with two units of the People’s Liberation Army secretly penetrate networks and plant sleeper software that can destroy both hardware and software needed for moving and commanding troops and forces across the Pacific, according to a new report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

“Chinese capabilities in computer network operations have advanced sufficiently to pose genuine risk to U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict,” the report states.

The 136-page report, “Occupying the Information High Ground,” was produced by Northrop Grumman for the commission. It will be released Thursday and is based on Chinese military writings, Chinese government statements, and public analysis of recent Chinese intrusions into public and private computer systems.

Full article: The Coming China Cyberwar (Washington Free Beacon)