Several nations have been involved in a cyberspace related warfare after the US has claimed that the Chinese trained secret hackers who attacked the American companies.
Last week a US computer security firm, Mandiant, released a report stating that a Shanghai 12-storey high military building was likely to be the headquarters of trained hackers who were carrying out multiple cyber attacks on the US companies.
Mandiant said that Unit 61398, of the people’s Liberation Army, “is also located in precisely the same area”, which was believed to have “systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data” from more than 141 companies around the world.
China promptly condemned the hacking report. The spokesman for the China’s military said in a statement that the report lacked “technical proof” when it used IP addresses to link hacking to the military unit.
People’s Daily and its overseas edition dismissed the report as “groundless” and “irresponsible”, accusing the US of hyping a China hacking threat for its own interests.
The Chinese Defense Ministry press statement also pointed out that China was also a victim of hacking attacks. In 2011, China suffered almost 500,000 cyber-attacks, among which about 15% of them came from the US.
The US announced that a new strategy is to combat theft of intellectual property, right after the report released by Mandiant.
Except the US and China, Russia is also identified as a major source of hackers by a report from the White House.
At the same time, in the cyber warfare, large number of non-governmental organization including terrorist organizations and anonymous are involved.
Professor M.J. Chorley of Cardiff University, explained that a cyber warfare could be so destructive to the extent of leading to national economies to collapse.
He said: “network information has the nerves to keep a normal movement of society and economy. In the information age, once the nervous system is damaged, the society would paralyze.”