Friday, November 16, 2007

Report Finds China "the Single Greatest Risk to the Security of American Technologies"

The U. S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has just published the executive summary to their 2007 report to Congress stating "Chinese espionage activities in the United States are so extensive that they comprise the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies."

The summary covers a wide range of U. S. Chinese issues such as trade, manufacturing, jobs, China's military buildup and cyber warfare capabilities.

Concerning China's offensive computer capabilities the summary states:
"Chinese military strategists have embraced disruptive warfare techniques, including the use of cyber attacks, and incorporated them in China’s military doctrine. Such attacks, if carried out strategically on a large scale, could have catastrophic effects on the target country’s critical infrastructure."
And recommends:
"...adequate support for protecting critical American computer networks and data: The Commission recommends that Congress assess the adequacy of and, if needed, provide additional funding for military, intelligence, and homeland security programs that monitor and protect critical American computer networks and sensitive information, specifically those tasked with protecting networks from damage caused by cyber attacks."
The report also discusses China's control over internal Internet activity:
"Over the decades China has built one of the world’s most effective information control systems. The Chinese government controls the content of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and the Internet. Chinese journalists have been demoted, fired, imprisoned and beaten for violating restrictions on media content. Internet users face similar restrictions and violators may be imprisoned."

Untied States-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2007 Report to Congress Executive Summary

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