Google has said that the accounts of several hundred politicians, military personnel, journalists and Chinese political activists have been breached. The attack was linked to Jinan, China, the home city of a military vocational school whose computers were linked to an assault 17 months ago on Google’s systems. “We do know that it was very organised and the attack came from China and political dissidents and people interested in human rights in China were clearly targeted” said Google’s senior vice president of corporate development. The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that Google’s claims were very serious and that the U.S. was looking into them and the FBI was taking the lead.
China of course is the most friendly and innocent nation on earth and according to their representatives China does not condone nor allow hacking. “Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable,” said Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, at the ministry’s regular press conference. Google has said that it will be taking steps to uncensor its Chinese services since it is being used to spy on political dissidents. Sources: ABC News, FT.com
Some of the main questions surrounding how to deal with a cyber attack is how do we know who is doing it and when do we know we are at war? In the plan that the Pentagon is considering a military action would be a ‘last resort’ option and only if they had credible evidence of the source country. “One of the questions we have to ask is, How do we know we’re at war?” one former Pentagon official said. “How do we know when it’s a hacker and when it’s the People’s Liberation Army?”
In an age where literally billions of dollars are being spent on cyber defense it was only a matter of time before an active deterrence policy was put in place at the Pentagon. This isn’t the age of armed nuclear missiles but rather who has the best supercomputers and safeguards. The United States’ response to recent cyber attacks has literally been nothing and while they know who is doing it, no one knew how to deal with it. Hackings of private corporations won’t constitute an act of war according to this new policy being considered but a range of responses, including military, will be dished out for attacks that cause equal damage as an actual military attack. For example if the Chinese hacked and destroyed one of our power grids then we could blow up one of their power plants.
The plan right now is more bark than bite and it will take use of said plan to ensure that it deters future attacks. In the 50′s and 60′s just the thought of an attack or retaliatory attack kept war from breaking out but in the age of anonymity it will take a heavy response to prevent future attacks.
Hacked in the last week by China,
- Lockheed Martin
- L-3 Communications
- Northrop Grumman
- My Bloggity Blog