Editor: Joshua Eisenman, China Reform Monitor, No. 995, March 22, 2012 —
Cyber attacks against foreign computer networks are fundamental to China’s military strategies with the potential to cause a “catastrophic failure of systems and networks supporting critical infrastructure for [U.S.] national security or public safety,” according to a report by Northrop Grumman Corp sponsored by the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. “Chinese capabilities in computer network operations have advanced sufficiently to pose genuine risk to U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict,” the report said. China is “leveraging all available resources to create a diverse, technically advanced ability to operate in cyberspace.” In a crisis over Taiwan or in the South China Sea Chinese cyber attacks could delay or degrade a U.S. military response, the report said according to Reuters.