China steps up cyberwar, US commission warns


China steps up cyberwar, US commission warns

Warwick Ashford

China is escalating investment in cyber warfare capabilities that could target US computer networks, says a US government report.

Cyber incidents against US government websites increased by 20% in 2008, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in its annual report.

The commission expects these attacks, most of which originate in China, to increase by up to 60% in 2009, according to US reports.

An increasing number of attacks carried out over the internet have explicitly political goals, according to a report published earlier this month by security firm McAfee.

The US, Russia, France, Israel and China are armed with cyberweapons, with the UK, Germany and North Korea preparing for a future in which conflict is partly conducted through the internet, the Virtual Criminology Report said.

Cyber attacks will increasingly become a component of war in the next 20 to 30 years, according to report contributor William Crowell, a former deputy director of the US National Security Agency.

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