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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Fri May 01 2009 - 04:39:55 CDT
By Tatiana Cooke,
April 30, 2009
Understanding China’s strategic approach to cyber warfare is essential
to defending the United States from hackers, Timothy Thomas, an analyst
at the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas,
said in a lecture on Tuesday in the Haldeman Center. The anonymous
nature of cyber attacks often complicates cyber defense, Thomas said in
Cyber warfare is increasingly important in international relations,
Thomas said. He explained that a large scale attack on U.S.
infrastructure has the potential to affect everything from the country’s
banking system to its military operations.
Thomas compared his work with cyber warfare to his previous work
monitoring Russian intelligence in the Soviet Army Studies Office of the
Army during the Cold War. Western countries did not know what actions
the Soviet Union would take at that point, he said, just as current
military strategists are unaware what to expect with regards to cyber
It is difficult for governments to trace the source of a cyber security
breach because attackers can route information through servers in
several countries, Thomas said. Even when the country of origin is
known, as with many attacks originating from China, it is impossible to
determine whether the attacker was acting independently or in service of
the country’s government.
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