According to a recent Congressional report, the country that poses the greatest risk to the United States in terms of cyberspace is China, with Chinese hackers targeting more and more U.S. military computers and defense contractors in attempts to breach our national security.
The report, which was produced by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, discovered that China’s persistence and its advances in hacking activities throughout the past couple of years poses an increasing threat to information systems and users in the United States.
These risks include attempts to blind or disrupt U.S. intelligence and communications satellites, weapons targeting systems and navigation computers according to Bloomberg, who was first to report on the information it says it received from an anonymous U.S. intelligence official.
Even though these attacks are considered to be basic techniques, the volume at which they are occurring has allowed China to become a clearly defined threat. In addition to that, the report added that these intrusions are largely designed to collect information instead of attacking systems.
The report itself, which is scheduled to be released on November 14, calls for Congress to institute ways in which companies found to have engaged in industrial espionage can and will be punished and penalized. News about this report comes only a month after the U.S. House Intelligence Committee released its own report advising companies to stay away from using Chinese telecommunications manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.
The committee also expressed continuing concerns about the Chinese government’s role in the two companies, though no specifics were mentioned. Both Huawei and ZTE are denying any influence by the Chinese government and are refuting claims that they pose a security threat to the United States.
Source: CNET – U.S. panel labels China largest cyberspace threat, report says