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  1. salahuldin786

    salahuldin786 FULL MEMBER

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    By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in Beijing
    September 3 2007

    The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American *officials.

    The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defence secretary, but declined to say who it believed was behind the attack.

    Current and former officials have told the Financial Times an internal investigation has revealed that the incursion came from the People’s Liberation Army.

    One senior US official said the Pentagon had pinpointed the exact origins of the attack. Another person familiar with the event said there was a “very high level of confidence...trending towards total certainty” that the PLA was responsible. The defence ministry in Beijing declined to comment on Monday.

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, raised reports of Chinese infiltration of German government computers with Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, in a visit to Beijing, after which the Chinese foreign ministry said the government opposed and forbade “any criminal acts undermining computer systems, including hacking”.

    “We have explicit laws and regulations in this regard,” said Jiang Yu, from the ministry. “Hacking is a global issue and China is frequently a victim.”

    George W. Bush, US president, is due to meet Hu Jintao, China’s president, on Thursday in Australia prior to the Apec summit.

    The PLA regularly probes US military networks – and the Pentagon is widely assumed to scan Chinese networks – but US officials said the penetration in June raised concerns to a new level because of fears that China had shown it could disrupt systems at critical times.

    “The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale,” said a former official, who said the PLA had penetrated the networks of US defence companies and think-tanks.

    Hackers from numerous locations in China spent several months probing the Pentagon system before overcoming its defences, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The Pentagon took down the network for more than a week while the attacks continued, and is to conduct a comprehensive diagnosis. “These are multiple wake-up calls stirring us to levels of more aggressive vigilance,” said Richard Lawless, the Pentagon’s top Asia official at the time of the attacks.

    The Pentagon is still investigating how much data was downloaded, but one person with knowledge of the attack said most of the information was probably “unclassified”. He said the event had forced officials to reconsider the kind of information they send over unsecured e-mail systems.

    John Hamre, a Clinton-era deputy defence secretary involved with cyber security, said that while he had no knowledge of the June attack, criminal groups sometimes masked cyber attacks to make it appear they came from government computers in a particular country.

    The National Security Council said the White House had created a team of experts to consider whether the administration needed to restrict the use of BlackBerries because of concerns about cyber espionage.

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  2. haviZsultan

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    Very Good!!! I hope someone does it again!
     
  3. PakistaniPatriot

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    Awesome. Good work to the People's Liberation Army.:china: :pakistan: :bounce:
     
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  5. Officer of Engineers

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    *** shaking my head ***

    They spent several months what I can do in ten minutes to an UNCLASSIFIED network.

    "Hi, this is tech support. I'm having problems with your account. Could you sign off and goto the sign on screen?"

    "Good, now could you tell me what you type in as your account name? Good."
    "Please type in your password now."
    "Hmmm, I'm not registering you. What's your password? Ok, I've got you now. Thank. Please don't do anything for the next 15 minutes. After that, please change your password. Thank you."
     
  6. Neo

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    Lol...:lol:
     
  7. kidwaibhai

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    hey do we have something like this. i mean electronic warfare.
     
  8. kvLin

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    typical American news

    US: PLA hacked into a pentagon computer system in June....
    China:Bullshit, If there are hackers doing that, why do they have to be PLA?
    US: PLA hacked into a pentagon computer system in June, Beijing denies.

    :lol:
    "the pentagon had pinpointed the exact origins of the attacks with very high level confidence...PLA"

    I would say those potatoes are wasting their taxpayers' money.
     
  9. solid snake

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    Believe it or not, it is the United State Air Force's reponsibility to secure Americas military networks and the data contained within. The mission statement of the USAF says "to protect American intrests in the air, space, and cyberspace".
     
  10. Sena Lee

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    I don't support hacking, but unfortunately, things like this happen in the world of politics.

    China and the US hack each others system, this is inevitable.
     
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    I wish if they could hack in and find out what technology is being used in the F-22:enjoy:
     
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    I know what you mean. I have worked as tech support and at times was troubleshooting for different countries. You won't believe how many times people facing logon problems were like "Here take my password and try it out".

    We had policies in place and even though sometimes they blurted it out, I was like wait let me send you an email and you write it down there. I could be any freakin one over the phone!

    Sometimes I feel God gave all the brains to the IT guys.

    However OoE, this news is more about breaking into Network Security. God knows how many firewalls the 'good stuff' is kept behind but how do you know that's not being breached either? A good hacker's activity is only known when he or she disfigures or disrupts something. Passive observance can go unnoticed forever.
     
  14. su-47

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    the chinese did a good job hacking in, but they should have stayed hacked in. i wonder how many countries have hacked in and not beeen discovered. we wouldnt want every other nation in the world to access plans on how to build nukes and ICBMs

    Anyway, good job by china
     
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    :blah::blah::lol::lol:
     
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