May 28 2013, 4:33am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A confidential report says that over two dozen files containing valuable information regarding weapons ranging from warheads to fighter jets had been hacked by Chinese cyber spies who were in collusion with the government of their country. According to the Washington Post
, the whole intention of this breach of private computer system security was to achieve superiority over the United States in military matters. And the sophistication of the methods used by these cyber thieves was so advanced that it left the Pentagon in a huff. There was nothing that could be done about this covert war.
In fact, it was a reversion to Cold War with the only difference being that this time it was China and not the USSR that was the main enemy. The Patriot Missile as well as the Black Hawk Helicopter figured among the army and air force weapons the designs of which the Chinese hackers had gotten hold of. According to public version of the report
, the Chinese hackers have gained access to so much military know-how that they can build their defense systems till they are a virtual Superpower of the East. In fact, they may have saved themselves a generation of research by hacking into the Pentagon accounts.
China is renowned for its infrastructure. It is rising as an economic giant alongside India. With growth and progress there also come ambitions and greed. Being the most populous country of the world, the Chinese may harbor expansionist designs. But for that they will need military might and weapons that deliver. What better way to get a hold of these goods than by breaking into Pentagon databases. China has saved up on billions of dollars in research and chosen a smarter although illegal route.
President Obama has time and again warned the Chinese government to curtail its online espionage activities. The secret thefts were a source of much chagrin for Washington. Besides they didn’t do much in the way of building strong ties between both countries. Most of the cyber crimes were traced to a large building near Shanghai that belonged to the People’s Liberation Army according to sources. However, when the accusation was made China plainly denied any awareness of this surreptitious act. Beijing wants solid proofs. And so the baton of responsibility is passed on.
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