[ISN] Chinese crackers prepare for cyber war

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Fri May 24 2002 - 03:25:29 PDT

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    By Nick Farrell [24-05-2002]
    Students may launch attacks on vital western systems
    Chinese hackers could be readying themselves to launch a cyber attack
    on key western computer systems.
    The Institute for Strategic Studies, run by the US Army War College,
    has released a classified report warning the Defense Department, US
    diplomats and law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for
    Chinese student hacking attacks some time this summer.
    The Institute believes that the attacks will try to spread computer
    viruses and deface sensitive government websites.
    The report, Chinese Information Warfare: A Phantom or Emerging
    Threat?, claims that the hackers are trying to achieve information
    dominance as a way of overcoming US military superiority.
    It would not be the first time that China has turned to cyber space to
    vent its anger.
    When NATO accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade killing
    three journalists, Chinese hackers broke into the US Department of
    Energy's website and replaced its homepage with a note written half in
    English, half in Chinese.
    It read: "We are Chinese hackers who take no cares about politics. But
    we cannot stand by seeing our Chinese reporters being killed.
    "Whatever the purpose is, NATO, led by the USA, must take absolute
    responsibility. You have owed Chinese people a bloody debt which you
    must pay for. We won't stop attacking until the war stops."
    A previous Chinese cyber attack on the White House website knocked it
    out for four hours.
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