Chinese military warns of American cyber-warfare threat

The Chinese military fears cyber-warfare with the United States, as their official newspaper has stated. The 'Liberation Army Daily', while not affiliated with the government, typically reflects the views of the Chinese government due to their close relations. China demands a stronger 'internet army', as they have called it. The news came soon after China experienced difficulty among allegations of attempted hacks and intrusions upon American governmental websites and other corporations. On June 2nd, Google confirmed the Gmail accounts used of governmental officials and Chinese political activists were targeted in a phishing attack. The search giant did not officially state that the Chinese government was responsible, though it did say that the attacks appeared to have originated from Jinan, in China. Jinan is notable due to the presence of a Chinese governmental intelligence division.

Earlier this month, Google announced that the Gmail accounts of top U.S. government officials and Chinese political activists were targeted in a phishing attack designed to gain access to the users' accounts. Google stopped short of blaming the Chinese government, but the search giant said that the attacks seemed to originate from Jinan, China, home to a Chinese government intelligence division. When Google confirmed the attempts made this June, the Chinese government said the following in a statement to BBC News:

"Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable."

During May 2011, the Wall Street Journal spoke of the American government, considering viewing cyber-attacks as declarations of war.

"The U.S. military is hastening to seize the commanding military heights on the Internet, and another Internet war is being pushed to a stormy peak. Their actions remind us that to protect the nation's Internet security, we must accelerate Internet defense development and accelerate steps to make a strong Internet army."

China is well known for its high level of internet censorship. Among the terms censored are the words 'Tiananmen Square', which was the site of the 1989 protest resulting in the iconic image of the so-called 'Tank Man', who stood in front of a column of three Chinese tanks to prevent their movement. The country has come under fire from other governments and groups due to the level of censorship exercised, so it is interesting to see it respond in turn.

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And this is relevant because? Last I knew China was developing their own internet so what interest is it of there's about the current one..

Morphine-X said,
And this is relevant because? Last I knew China was developing their own internet so what interest is it of there's about the current one..

And why is their government doing that? It isn't for the good of the governed - be sure about that.

Name a single autocracy/dictatorship/theocracy that has well and truly acted (or truly acts today) only for the sake of those it governs (as opposed to acting for their own security and best interests). (And yes, I am including not just the Arab monarchies, but the State of the Vatican in the pot.)

PGHammer said,

Name a single autocracy/dictatorship/theocracy that has well and truly acted (or truly acts today) only for the sake of those it governs (as opposed to acting for their own security and best interests).

Similarly, can you name a single (sudo) democracy?

everyone always says "if china and businesses recalled all US debt" blah blah blah... well, its not just one sided... what if the US and businesses recalled all its china debt? Aside from that, China nor the US would ever start a war since it would be extremely economic damaging to both sides... China needs the world and US needs the world... no longer are countries independent of each others actions... its a balance after all....

rippleman said,
everyone always says "if china and businesses recalled all US debt" blah blah blah... well, its not just one sided... what if the US and businesses recalled all its china debt? Aside from that, China nor the US would ever start a war since it would be extremely economic damaging to both sides... China needs the world and US needs the world... no longer are countries independent of each others actions... its a balance after all....

Nuff' Said'

Chinese people should break-free from their goverment. Just like Eygpt and Tunisia did. They don't seem to care about their people.

FMH said,
Chinese people should break-free from their goverment. Just like Eygpt and Tunisia did. They don't seem to care about their people.

Nuff' Said'

FMH said,
Chinese people should break-free from their goverment. Just like Eygpt and Tunisia did. They don't seem to care about their people.

boumboqc said,

Nuff' Said'

shows how both of you are ignorant and uninformed as to what the people of China want.

FMH said,
Chinese people should break-free from their goverment. Just like Eygpt and Tunisia did. They don't seem to care about their people.

Right, imagine everyone in China on the street demonstrating. There would be chaos for 10 years. And what did we solve with that anyway?

Sas Center said,

Right, imagine everyone in China on the street demonstrating. There would be chaos for 10 years. And what did we solve with that anyway?
So they should keep tolerating their rubbish government because it could take them 10 years to get freedom??? No need to fight for 'whats right', and 'what's YOUR right', because it COULD take 10 years!
If you want to fight injustice, do it in your comfort-level.
If it asks too much of your time, you'd be too stupid to fight for it.
Thank you for your advice.

FMH said,
So they should keep tolerating their rubbish government because it could take them 10 years to get freedom??? No need to fight for 'whats right', and 'what's YOUR right', because it COULD take 10 years!
If you want to fight injustice, do it in your comfort-level.
If it asks too much of your time, you'd be too stupid to fight for it.
Thank you for your advice.

My problem is not that people would fight the government. It's simply that the freakin' country would stop working! Not only that, but all the other countries that depend on them, not only a little.

China is like the crazy uncle you borrow money from now and then. The one you really don't go to unless you absolutely have no other recourse because you'll inevitably get hung up having to listen to one of his crazy conspiracy theories and at the end of it going away smelling kind of funky/musty/old.

I say, let's start a war against them.
Lulzsec could change the way we see them by helping America.
I mean, let's screw this country. Take down the Great Firewall OF China and let the people see how is life outside.

boumboqc said,
I say, let's start a war against them.
[..]
I mean, let's screw this country. [..] let the people see how is life outside.

...said George Bush just before invading Afghanistan and also Iraq

The PRC worry (notice that I specifically mentioned them) is justified, given what the PRC are *known* to have done. As much as non-Chinese businesses salivate over the idea of one billion customers, make no mistake - the PRC government is an autocracy. Not as obvious as it used to be, but still an autocracy/dictatorship. Autocracies and other one-party ruling cliques don't have the respect for the governed that republics or democracies do - they have far less. Any business from outside the PRC had best keep that thought firmly in the forefront - PRC nationals in their employ are almost certainly loyal to the PRC government first. (Not alarmist think - just straightforward common sense.)