Risk
11/20/2009
02:23 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

China Cyber Espionage Threatens U.S., Report Says

A Congressional advisory report warns that cyber attacks against defense computers are on the rise.

China has increased its cyber espionage efforts to acquire U.S. secrets and technology, a Congressional advisory group warned in a report issued on Thursday.

Echoing its 2008 and 2007 reports, which labeled China's espionage efforts "the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies," the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said in its 2009 annual report that "there has been a marked increase in cyber intrusions originating in China and targeting U.S. government and defense-related computer systems."

Testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security on Tuesday, USCC vice chairman Larry M. Wortzel said that cyber attacks on Department of Defense information systems went from 43,880 in 2007 to 54,640 in 2008, an increase of almost 20%. If attack trends from the first half of 2009 continue at the same pace throughout the year, he said, approximately 87,570 cyber attacks will be recorded, an increase of 60% from 2008.

Responding to these attacks can be problematic because, as the report states, Chinese espionage and cyber espionage activities may be carried out by individuals without obvious government ties.

These "nonprofessional collectors may be motivated by profit, patriotism, feelings of ethnic kinship, or coercion," the report states. "Even in many cases where there is no obvious direct state involvement in the theft or illegal export of controlled technology, the Chinese government encourages such efforts and has benefited from them."

The report also refers to these individuals as "espionage entrepreneurs."

Wang Baodong, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, told the BBC that the report's claims about Chinese espionage are "baseless, unwarranted and irresponsible."

In April, the White House said that it would establish Cyber Security Coordinator position to manage cybersecurity activities across government agencies. That position has yet to be filled.

InformationWeek Analytics has published an in-depth report on the state of enterprise storage. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Tech Digest, Dec. 19, 2014
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul your security strategy.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-1414
Published: 2015-02-27
Integer overflow in FreeBSD before 8.4 p24, 9.x before 9.3 p10. 10.0 before p18, and 10.1 before p6 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a crafted IGMP packet, which triggers an incorrect size calculation and allocation of insufficient memory.

CVE-2015-2072
Published: 2015-02-27
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in SAP HANA 73 (1.00.73.00.389160) and HANA Developer Edition 80 (1.00.80.00.391861) allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified vectors to (1) ide/core/plugins/editor/templates/trace/hanaTraceDetailService.xsjs or...

CVE-2015-2075
Published: 2015-02-27
SAP BussinessObjects Edge 4.0 allows remote attackers to delete audit events from the auditee queue via a clearData CORBA operation, aka SAP Note 2011396.

CVE-2015-2076
Published: 2015-02-27
The Auditing service in SAP BussinessObjects Edge 4.0 allows remote attackers to obtains sensitive information by reading an audit event, aka SAP Note 2011395.

CVE-2015-2101
Published: 2015-02-27
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Navigate bar in the Navigate module before 6.x-1.1 and 7.x-1.x before 7.x-1.1 for Drupal allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified vectors.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.