Chinese hackers attack 'anything and everything'
NORFOLK, Va. -- At the Naval Network Warfare Command here, U.S. cyber defenders track and investigate hundreds of suspicious events each day. But the predominant threat comes from Chinese hackers, who are constantly waging all-out warfare against Defense Department networks, Netwarcom officials said.
Attacks coming from China, probably with government support, far outstrip other attackers in terms of volume, proficiency and sophistication, said a senior Netwarcom official, who spoke to reporters on background Feb 12. The conflict has reached the level of a campaign-style, force-on-force engagement, he said.
“They will exploit anything and everything,” the senior official said, referring to the Chinese hackers’ strategy. And although it is impossible to confirm the involvement of China’s government, the attacks are so deliberate, “it’s hard to believe it’s not government-driven,” the official said.
I'm certainly no computer expert, but I find it hard to believe that it is "impossible" to determine the source of the attacks. If so, then the attacks display a stealth level that is extremely sophisticated, and should be viewed as hostile.
The ability to perform everyday commerce, from basic utilities to multi-million dollar financial transactions, is dependent upon the free flow of information.