It’s hard to ignore the report by Northrop Grumman Corporation on the Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation, if only because of its size and authoritative style.
The title gives a hint as to what to expect: a lengthy, 88 page assessment which any good journalist or diplomat could have condensed down to a page with a bit of effort. Even Bruce Schneier has declined to read it, relying on his readers to pick out the salient points.
Written in the style of a military standards manual but littered with superfluous adjectives and acronyms, the report tells us that the Chinese are serious about cyber warfare and aim to penetrate our systems to steal information and perhaps change the data.
Yes, that’s what we’d all assumed for many years. So what else is new?