China´s cyber war capabilities are not so dangerous

China´s cyber war capabilities are not so dangerous

In this paper, Desmond Ball, Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University of Canberra, goes in "defence" of China, arguing that the international threat posed by state-sponsored Chinese cyberspies is not nearly as serious as it´s generally thought to be.

The Professor wrote that "China´s demonstrated offensive cyber-warfare capabilities are fairly rudimentary. Chinese hackers have been able to easily orchestrate sufficient simultaneous "pings" to crash selected Web servers (i.e., Denial-of-Service attacks) and have been able to penetrate Web-sites and deface them, erase data from them, and post different information on them (such as propaganda slogans). And they have developed various fairly simple viruses for spreading by e-mails to disable targeted computer systems, as well as Trojan Horse programs insertible by e-mails to steal information from them. However, they have evinced little proficiency with more sophisticated hacking techniques.
The viruses and Trojan Horses they have used have been fairly easy to detect and remove before any damage has been done or data stolen. There is no evidence that China‟s cyber-warriors can penetrate highly secure networks or covertly steal or falsify critical data.
China´s cyber-warfare capabilities are very destructive, but could not compete in extended scenarios of sophisticated IW operations

I suggest to read the paper and maybe leave a comment.

venerdì 4 novembre 2011

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