Yet another example of the United States’ weakness in protecting
its citizens from cybercrime and cyberwarfare is the Defense Department’s
recent report on China’s growing ability to challenge the United States in "electromagnetic
dominance" in conflicts.
China has (correctly) identified the power of viruses,
denial of service attacks (DOS) and network security as critical in wars or
conflicts. The Chinese army has
established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy
computer systems and networks and has also developed electronic countermeasures
and defenses against electronic attack, including infrared decoys, angle
reflectors and false-target generators.
China’s current development has been attributed to a mix of
criminals, hackers and "nation-state" forces. The report also notes
that China and most other U.S. networks were constantly attempting to access US
networks for trade and defense secrets.
Bottom Line: The United States has been lax on cyber-security
for too long. The inefficient and ineffective regulations have mostly affected
businesses and consumers to this point, but it is apparent that national
security risks should become more salient to lawmakers and military when
considering cybersecurity policy.