The Senate Armed Services Committee released information today indicating that China has once again been caught with its hands in the cyber cookie jar. According to the report, hackers tied directly to the Chinese government have launched cyber attacks on at least fifty occasions in the past year and about twenty of them successfully breached the cyber security of the defense contractors. Some naïve people might say so what, but a great deal of sensitive information about our current and future defense posture and planning can be gained by culling the files of defense contractors who supply the military with all their needs.
The cyber struggle with China is an ongoing and evolving battle. In recent years hackers working for China have been indicted for crimes by the Department of Justice, and only last month Boeing was hacked by Su Bin, an individual with ties to China, and numerous previous cyber intrusions point to China as the culprit over the past decade.
Some claim that China is mapping the battlefield for future actions be they against our industrial, critical infrastructure or national defenses while others feel it is more related to criminal adventures and economic advantage. Whatever the case, it is clearly evident that we must continue to train and educate those who stand on our cyber walls, harden our cyber defenses, continue our investigations, and be ever vigilant to forestall cyber aggression against our nation.