[ISN] China blocks U.S. from cyber warfare

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 00:28:02 -0500 (CDT)

By Bill Gertz 
The Washington Times
May 12, 2009

China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of 
millions of computers and is already installing it on government and 
military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S. 
military and intelligence agencies.

The secure operating system, known as Kylin, was disclosed to Congress 
during recent hearings that provided new details on how China's 
government is preparing to wage cyberwarfare with the United States.

"We are in the early stages of a cyber arms race and need to respond 
accordingly," said Kevin G. Coleman, a private security specialist who 
advises the government on cybersecurity. He discussed Kylin during a 
hearing of the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission on 
April 30.

The deployment of Kylin is significant, Mr. Coleman said, because the 
system has "hardened" key Chinese servers. U.S. offensive cyberwar 
capabilities have been focused on getting into Chinese government and 
military computers outfitted with less secure operating systems like 
those made by Microsoft Corp.

"This action also made our offensive cybercapabilities ineffective 
against them, given the cyberweapons were designed to be used against 
Linux, UNIX and Windows," he said.


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