For years, American cyber-warfare experts have argued that China and the U.S. were in a sort of Cold War standoff: That each country operated on the assumption that its opponent’s computer wizards already had infiltrated its systems and had deposited terrible bugs that would wreak vengeful havoc if they did anything really bad.
Well, the Cold War has gone hot. China has stolen countless records, and has exposed the U.S. as hopelessly deficient in its cyber defenses, unable to retaliate.The Chinese data-thieves have said effectively that we can access what we want and there is nothing you can do about it.
Stolen data, though, is not what most people think it means. The retired postal workers whose entire work and payment history now is in the hands of the Chinese do not have to worry much. The ones who should worry are the foreign workers and students — especially the Chinese students and workers in the U.S. — whose very ruthless government back home now knows everything about their contact with the U.S. government.
Cyber-warfare expert James Carafano of the Heritage Institute in March detailed this threat in a speech at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Tex. It is fascinating just how prescient Carafano is about the cyber-attack the Office of Personnel Management just experienced at the hands of Chinese data miners and thieves.
The social networks that so many of us take for granted are having a profound effect on national security. And, for the most part, almost no one realizes it.
Source: AZ Central