From Time Magazine:
Though the evidence remains mostly circumstantial, a picture is emerging of a coordinated effort by Chinese-military authorities to recruit hackers such as Tan and his group to winkle out information from computer systems outside China and launch cyberattacks in future conflicts.
China has long regarded cyberwarfare as a critical component of asymmetrical warfare in any future conflict with the U.S. From China’s perspective, it makes sense to use any means possible to counter America’s huge technological advantage. A current wave of hacking attacks seems to be aimed mainly at collecting information and probing defenses, but in a real cyberwar, a successful attack would target computer-dependent infrastructure, such as banking and power generation. [Full text]
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