“Defaming China cannot cover US evil acts” – Pentagon cries wolf about ‘Chinese cyber-hacking’ [People’s Daily]

May 09, 2013

Edited and Translated by Yao Chun, People’s Daily Online

Since the day the Internet was invented, the United States has been preparing for cyber war and has set many records in this area.

On May 6, the United States again groundlessly accused China of making cyber-attacks. That day the Pentagon issued its annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments, claiming some of the cyber attacks on U.S. government and defense industry originated from Chinese government and military.

This year the Pentagon annual report made harsh accusations against China instead of cautious comments in the past. The report also shifted its focus from economic areas to political and economic areas, which clearly showed the U.S.’ intention of reversing its negative image as an international cyber peace buster.

By the report the U.S. also set up an imaginary enemy so as to get more financial support and legal basis for its cyber army expansion.

It is well known that actually the U.S. is the “hackers’ empire”, which has had a lot of cyber espionage targeting not only hostile countries but also allies in political, military, scientific, commercial and other fields.

In recent years, it has strengthened its cyber attack as an instrument to overthrow the regimes of other countries. Since the day the Internet was invented the United States has been preparing for cyber war and has set many records in this area.

The U.S. is the first country to establish cyber army. In 1998, the U.S. army issued the Joint Doctrine for Information Operations. According to reports the U.S. cyber army has more than 50,000 troops. It has a considerable network arsenal in which more than 2,000 cyber weapons are stored.

The U.S. is the first country to convert the cyber space into warfare. In the Quadrennial Defense Review Report issued in 2010, it put the cyberspace on par with land, sea, air and space for the first time. Then cyberspace became the fifth domain of warfare, according to the Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace issued by the U.S. in July 2011.

The U.S. is the first country to trigger a cyber war. According to reports, the history of U.S. cyber war can date back to First Gulf War. In 2011, U.S. media exposed a cyber war project called “the Olympic Games”. Who was the backstage manipulator of the virus attack on Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges was already an open secret.

The U.S. is the only country that opposes to establishing international rules on cyberspace. In 2011, China, Russia among other countries jointly submitted the International Code of Conduct for Information Security to the United Nations with the purpose of preventing cyber arms race and cyber warfare as well as promoting the cyber security and peace. This proposal is hailed by the international community. Only the U.S. forcefully opposed to and obstructed it.

At the same time that the U.S. hypes up China’s cyber threat, it quickens its pace in cyber army expansion. Although it has sharply reduced its military expenditure, it plans to increase its Cyber Command staffing by five times. In 2014, the U.S. expenditure in cyber security will increase to 17.7 billion U.S. dollars. In March 2013, the NATO issued Tallinn Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare. Although it is not the official document of…NATO, its points of view are exactly the same with that of the U.S. Department of State. It is obvious that this manual aims to put a legitimate cover on U.S. cyber warfare.

In the context of globalization and informatization, the Internet has great influence in every aspect of our life. China firmly opposes to any kind of cyber attacks. Developing a peaceful, safe, open and cooperative cyber space is in line with the common interests of China, the U.S. and other countries. The groundless accusations and hype can only do harm to the efforts of dialogues between China and the U.S.

Cyber arms are more horrible than nuclear weapons. Once cyber warfare is triggered there will never be peaceful days. It is a dangerous move to try to obtain cyber military supremacy by bringing shame on other countries, which will definitely result in shooting itself in the foot.

Read the Chinese version: 抹黑中国难掩“黑客帝国”恶行 [see link below], source: People’s Daily, author: Zhong Sheng

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/8237304.html

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