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PostChina's Hacker Army (John Heelan, UK, 04/15/19 4:08 am)
John E responded to Tor Guimaraes on 14 April: "Things are not rosy [in the US], but does this mean we should view China with rose-colored glasses?"
I suggest not! One of China's strengths is its ability to wage cyberwar. Already some Chinese products (Huawei) are suspected of being channels for cyberwarfare. Especially those linked to mobile phones and social networks.
Nothing is new in technology. One of the best telecoms billing packages was designed and implemented by the IDF that was suspected of providing access to telephone calls in the UK and elsewhere. Foreign Policy magazine puts the size of China's "hacker army" at anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 individuals.
Diplomatic cables highlight US concerns that China is using access to Microsoft source code and "harvesting the talents of its private sector" to boost its offensive and defensive capabilities.
The 2018 cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests is now know to be a part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health insurers and the security clearance files of millions more Americans. The hackers are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country's Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. "The information is exactly what the Chinese use to root out spies, recruit intelligence agents and build a rich repository of Americans' personal data for future targeting."
WW3 will be waged by computers.
JE comments: But WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones...
I searched for "cyber warfare capabilities" and found this article on the five cyberwar superpowers: the US, China, Russia, Israel and the UK. Two very capable upstarts are Iran and North Korea. No surprises here.