In First, Pentagon Blasts China for Hacks Against US
Says China modernizing military, looking to exploit US weakness
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Chinese military soldiers march past traffic cones outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, March 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – The Pentagon is squarely blaming China for hacking into its computer systems, marking the first time the Obama administration has made the accusation. China's spying is aimed in large part at boosting its own defense capabilities, the Pentagon says in its annual report to Congress, per Reuters. Further, China may be seeking to identify US "military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis," the report says. What's more, the "skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks."

Cyberspying is also probably being used to gather information about US policy plans, the report says, via the New York Times. Last year, China targeted "numerous computer systems around the world." The 83-page document also describes other advancements in China's military, including plans to develop several aircraft carriers. Its first, which could be ready in three or four years, is poised for deployment near territories disputed with Japan, the Philippines, and other countries. The US, meanwhile, is improving its own cyber arsenal.

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Trinity5670
May 14, 2013 1:33 AM CDT
The Chinese make the Cold-war era Russians seem like school chum allies. They're culture and motivation to be super power supreme means smiling and shaking your hand then taking everything. Wake up U.S! They're human locust.
backpath2
May 8, 2013 7:10 AM CDT
As usual, what we Americans lack is a grasp of history. If you want to understand China, read "Breakout -- The Chosin Reservoir Campaign -- Korea 1950", by Martin Russ. China is an expansionist power, pragmatic, ruthless, and intelligent. We've played right into their hands. They're a very busy bunch, and they know what they're about, which is more than can be said about us.
TeddyOctober
May 7, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
The Chinese government is busy hacking into U.S. systems. The U.S. government is busy hacking into it's citizens systems. One of these two governments is doing it wrong...and it's not China.