China's Cyber-War Against U.S. IT Assets Demands a Strong Response
NEWS ANALYSIS: For a long time nobody in the government wanted to talk about the stealthy cyber-war the Chinese government was waging against the U.S. It's time to shine some light on what's been going on.The news broke over Washington like the flash of an exploding meteor. China, according to The Washington Post, had hacked its way into the computers of virtually every institution in the city. Every government agency, every defense contractor, and nearly every human rights group, Congressional office, law firm, embassy and news organization. The attacks on the nation's capital were so massive that it probably would be easier to list the organizations that had been missed, assuming there are any. Worse, the attacks have been mostly successful. The Chinese state-sponsored hackers have collected terabytes of information. In fact, the collection of information is so massive that the biggest question isn't what they got, but how they plan to process it all. What's worse is that the Chinese hacking attempts have been so massive that there are many indications that cyber-spies from Russia, France and Israel have also been snooping around Washington institutions, using the hacking activity by China as cover.
Right now, it's not clear how successful those three nations have been because they've either covered their tracks so well that we can't find out or they never accomplished much. Considering the players involved, my guess is that Russia and Israel probably got what they wanted and left without evidence. The motives and goals of the French are less clear.