Chinese Cyber Attacks on American Government and Military

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  1. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/world/asia/05wikileaks-china.html?pagewanted=2&hp

    More stuff from the leaked cables. Not a big surprise, other than the fact they were on a bigger scale than we believed. I have wondered why the US and other Western countries who have been subject to these attacks have not retaliated strongly or publicly condemned the Chinese. They are lying scum who speak of working with the West to solve international problems but instead do things like this. Maybe our government does in secrecy, but I still don't think its enough. These cyberattacks seem to me no different from physically attacking American interests.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    There are a few reasons. First, cyber activities are still viewed as different than physical attacks. Second, it may be hard to determine exactly who originated the attack.

    Do you really think it is worth war if the Chinese try to steal info on our climate views? It's a spy game, not an act of war.
     
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    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Could you explain how they are different? They have the same objective - to hurt us. I think it could still be seen as an act of war...whatever information they glean would only used against us if there ever was a conflict. I honestly don't think they're simply trying to learn about climate change.

    Its still a breach of faith and goodwill. These reports only show us that they are hostile to us. I believe the cables says that our government is fully positive that the Chinese government is behind them or is at least sponsoring and encouraging them.
     
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    To be honest, I would be more surprised if the Chinese weren't engaging in electronic espionage against us. To think that we don't do the same thing is naive.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Spying and some espionage is done by all major powers. It is simply not worth war. The gains/losses may be important but are usually not vital. If we find wholes, we increase security, feed bad intel through them, or hit back with our own intel resources. It's how the game is played.

    Serious? Yes. Worth war? No.
     

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