Category Archives: Goverment

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hacked: Japan Defense Industry’s First Cyberattack

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s biggest defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, said on Monday hackers had gained access to its computers, with one newspaper saying its submarine, missile and nuclear power plant component factories had been the target.

The company said in a statement that some information could have been stolen in the first known cyber attack on Japan’s defense industry.

“We’ve found out that some system information such as IP addresses have been leaked and that’s creepy enough,” said a Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman.

via Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hacked: Japan Defense Industry’s First Cyberattack.

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New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific | The Australian

THIS week’s 60th anniversary Ausmin meeting in San Francisco deserves the overworked adjective historic. It marks a pivot point in which the US and Australia begin to redefine their region not as the Asia-Pacific, but as the Indo-Pacific.

U.S -Australia and India Ausmin PACT: The technologies are cyber warfare, missiles and nuclear weapons. The external nations are China, India and North Korea.

The addition of cyber war was the most important change in the scope of the alliance since New Zealand left in the mid-1980s. In a communique on cyber security, Australia and the US declared: “In the event of a cyber attack that threatens the territorial integrity, political independence or security of either of our nations, Australia and the US would consult together and determine appropriate options to address the threat.”

via New Australia-U.S. push deals India in to Pacific | The Australian.


United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by the United States Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.

Announcements

9/12/11

Extramural Research Opportunity Offered by the Commission

The Commission has publicized a new request for proposals (RFP) for an original research study pertaining to issue areas in the Commission’s statutory mandate. The RFP has also been publicized on the website Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov), with an effective date of Sep. 9th, 2011 and a deadline for receipt of proposals set for Oct. 3rd, 2011. All interested contractors are invited to submit proposals, although the contractor must be registered in the federal Central Contractor Registry (CCR) prior to the award of any contract. The research project is as follows:

Research Report on Chinese Investments in the United States (FBO solicitation USCC-022)

Any questions regarding these projects or the Commission’s procedures for contracted research should be directed to: John Dotson, Research Coordinator for the Commission. Telephone: 202-624-1482 / E-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov.

9/12/11

The Commission has released a new staff research report entitled China’s Foreign Assistance in Review. The report details trends in Chinese foreign assistance, including the amount and goals of such funding, whether it meets international aid standards, and its role in major MDBs.

8/31/11

OPEN MEETINGS FOR THE 2011 ANNUAL REPORT REVIEW-EDITING SESSIONS AND RELEASE OF FINAL ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS 

Click here to read the final notice of open meetings dates, times and locations.

8/4/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on The Implications of China’s Military and Civil Space Programs is now available.

Read the transcript here.

7/22/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on China’s Five Year Plan, Indigenous Innovation, and Outsourcing is now available.

Read the transcript here.

7/20/11

The Commission has released a new staff research report entitled The Confucian Revival in the Propaganda Narratives of the Chinese Government. The report details how elements of Confucian philosophy have been revived in official propaganda as part of a larger effort to build ideological support for the ruling Chinese Communist Party. The report also describes some of the ways in which Confucius is being promoted as an icon of China’s traditional culture to both domestic and international audiences. The report concludes that the promotion of selected Confucian teachings is an attempt to provide a pillar of support for authoritarian and paternalistic politics in China, while also presenting a gentler humanist face to audiences both at home and abroad.

7/6/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on China’s Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Innovation Policyis now available.

Read the transcript here.

7/1/11

The Commission has released a backgrounder entitled The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Delegation Visit to the United States, May 2011: A Summary of Key Actors and Issues. The backgrounder provides an overview of the recent PLA delegation to the United States that marked the restoration of the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship. Participants, site visits, official bilateral agreements and controversial points are discussed.

6/30/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and U.S.-China Bilateral Investmentis now available.

Read the transcript here.

6/27/11

The Commission has released a new backgrounder entitled China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. The backgrounder provides an overview of China’s most recent five-year plan, including its special characteristics, key targets, and new industrial initiatives such as the seven strategic emerging industries. The backgrounder also includes expert analysis and critical assessment of China’s 2015 objectives.

6/22/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on China’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Players is now available.

Read the transcript here.

6/16/11

The agenda, testimonies, video, and other information from the Commission’s June 15th hearing on China’s Five-Year Plan, Indigenous Innovation and Technology Transfers, and Outsourcing have been posted.

6/3/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on China’s Narratives Regarding National Security Policy is now available.

Read the transcript here.

5/31/11

The Commission has released a backgrounder entitled China in Latin America. The backgrounder provides an overview of China’s growing economic and political ties to Latin America over the past ten years. It examines China’s current trade relationship with countries in the region, the scope and nature of China’s foreign direct investment, the extent of its diplomatic, military, and regional organization engagement, and its interaction with Latin American countries that officially recognize Taiwan as an independent country.

5/10/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing and roundtable on China’s Internal Dilemmas is now available.

Read the transcript here.

5/5/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its May 11th hearing on “Implications of China’s Military and Civil Space Programs.”

See the press release for details.

4/27/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its May 4th hearing on “China’s Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Innovation Policy.”

See the press release for details.

4/20/11

The Commission has released a new report entitled China’s Program for Science and Technology Modernization: Implications for American Competitiveness, which examines China’s national science and technology programs, assesses linkages between China‘s science policy, its industrial policy and its defense-industrial complex, discusses the methods commonly employed by the PRC to support its scientific modernization through interactions with the United States, and addresses the implications of these programs for US competitiveness.

4/8/11

The USCC hearing on China’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Players is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 13th. In the event that a budget resolution has not been reached by 6 PM on Monday, April 11th, and the government is still shut down, the hearing will be postponed to a later date.

4/6/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its April 13th hearing on “China’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Players.”

See the press release for details.

3/30/11

The Commission has released a new report entitled Going Out: An Overview of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment. The paper provides an overview of China’s outward foreign direct investment (ODI), including the rationale behind Chinese ODI, its character and scope, the role of Chinese government in Chinese investment activities, and implications for the United States.

3/28/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its March 30th hearing on “Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and U.S.-China Bilateral Investment.” 

See the press release for details.

3/24/11

The transcript from the USCC hearing on China’s Active Defense Strategy and its Regional Impact is now available.

Read the transcript here.

3/22/11

The Commission has released a new report entitled Ready for Takeoff: China’s Advancing Aerospace Industy

Click here to read the press release.

3/17/11

The Commission has released a new report entitled The Evolving Role of China in International Institutions. 

Click here to read the press release.

3/3/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its March 10th hearing on “China’s Narratives Regarding National Security Policy.”

See the press release for details.

2/8/11

Extramural Research Opportunity Offered by the Commission

The Commission has publicized two new requests for proposals (RFP) for original research studies pertaining to issue areas in the Commission’s statutory mandate. The RFPs have also been publicized on the website Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov), with an effective date of Feb. 7th, 2011 and a deadline for receipt of proposals set at Feb. 28th, 2011. All interested contractors are invited to submit proposals, although the contractor must be registered in the federal Central Contractor Registry (CCR) prior to the award of any contract. The research projects are as follows:

Research Report on China’s State-Owned Enterprises and State Capitalism (FBO solicitation USCC-020)

Research Report on Patterns in U.S.-China Bilateral Investment (FBO solicitation USCC-021)

Any questions regarding these projects or the Commission’s procedures for contracted research should be directed to: John Dotson, Research Coordinator for the Commission. Telephone: 202-624-1482 / E-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov.

2/1/11

Extramural Research Opportunity Offered by the Commission

The Commission has publicized a new request for proposals (RFP) for an original research study pertaining to issue areas in the Commission’s statutory mandate. The RFP has also been publicized on the website Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov), with an effective date of Jan. 24th, 2011 and a deadline for receipt of proposals set at Feb. 9th, 2011. All interested contractors are invited to submit proposals, although the contractor must be registered in the federal Central Contractor Registry (CCR) prior to the award of any contract. The research project is as follows:

Research Report on China’s Space Program (FBO solicitation USCC-019)

Any questions regarding these projects or the Commission’s procedures for contracted research should be directed to: John Dotson, Research Coordinator for the Commission. Telephone: 202-624-1482 / E-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov.

1/19/11

The Commission has released the agenda for its January 27th hearing on “China’s Active Defense Strategy and its Regional Impacts.” See the press release for details.

1/14/11

Commissioner Larry Wortzel (Ph.D) is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at 10:30 am on January 19th in room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building at the briefing Assessing China’s Behavior and its Impact on U.S. Interests.
Read his oral and written testimonies here.

1/11/11

The Commission has announced its first three hearings of 2011:

  • China’s Active Defense Strategy and its Regional Impact – January 27
  • China’s Internal Dilemmas (Hearing and Roundtable) – February 25
  • China’s Narratives Regarding National Security Policy – March 10

For more information, please see our 2011 Hearing Schedule.

1/11/11

The USCC releases a new report, The National Security Implications of Investments and Products from the People’s Republic of China in the Telecommunications Sector.

Click here to read the press release.

12/16/10

The Commission has announced its leadership for 2011.

Click here to read the press release.

11/17/10

Today, the Commission releases its 2010 Annual Report to Congress.  Click here to view the Report.

Click here to read Chairman Daniel Slane and Vice Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew’s opening remarks from the press conference. 

Click here to read the press release.

11/10/10

The Commission will release its 2010 Annual Report to Congress on November 17, 2010 in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485 at 10:00am.

Read our press release here.

10/04/10

The Commission will hold its fifth 2010 Annual Report Review Session in Room 233 of The Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol Street, NW from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM on October 12, October 13, and October 14, 2010.

These sessions are open to the public. Please contact Kathy Michels at kmichels@uscc.gov or (202) 624-1409 if you have any questions.

  • Opening Statement of Chairman Daniel M. Slane (PDF)
9/28/10

Transcript of the July 14 Hearing on The Challenge of China’s Green Technology Policy and Ohio’s

Read the Transcript (PDF)

9/22/10

Transcript of the June 30 Hearing on China’s Information Control Practices and the Implications for the United States

Read the Transcript (PDF)

9/22/10

On September 22, 2010 Commissioner Michael Wessel testified in a House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs in a hearing: “Made in the USA: Manufacturing Policy, the Defense Industrial Base, and U.S. National Security.”

Read his testimony here.

9/2/10

Transcript of the June 9, 2010 Hearing on Evaluating China’s Past and Future Role in the World Trade Organization

Read the Transcript (PDF)

8/4/10

The Schedule for the Commission’s 2010 Annual Report writing and review meetings are noted below. Each session is open to the public and will be held at 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Hall of The States, Washington, DC 20001:

  • August 11-12 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Conference Room 233
  • September 14-15 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Conference Room 233
  • September 29-30 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Conference Room 231
  • October 12-14 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Conference Room 233
  • November 17 Official Release of Annual Report – Location on Capitol Hill will be announced

Please contact Kathy Michels at 202-624-1409 or via email at kmichels@uscc.gov if you have any questions.

7/29/10

Notice for USCC Website Regarding New Research Contracts

Extramural Research Agreements Awarded in 2010 by the Commission The Commission has awarded contracts to three organizations to perform research studies pertaining to issue areas identified in the Commission’s statutory mandate. The contracts were awarded after competitive evaluation by the Commission’s research committee of proposals that responded to the Requests for Proposals issued by the Commission. They were awarded upon approval by the full Commission. Contracts are now active for all three of these projects as follows:

  • CENTRA Technology, Inc.: Research Report on the National-Level Science Programs of the People’s Republic of China (contract signed May 28th, initial draft expected September 2010)
  • RAND Corporation: Research Report on Developments in the Aerospace Industry of the People’s Republic of China (contract signed July 2nd, initial draft expected October 2010)
  • Economic Strategy Institute: Research Report on the Role of China in International Organizations (contract signed July 6th, initial draft expected October 2010)

Questions may be directed to: John Dotson, Research Coordinator for the Commission. Telephone: 202-624-1482 / E-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov.

7/28/10

Transcript of the May 20, 2010 Hearing on “China’s Emergent Military Aerospace and Commercial Aviation Capabilities”

Read the Transcript (PDF)

6/3/10

Transcript of the April 8, 2010 Hearing on “China’s Green Energy and Environmental Policies.”

Read the Transcript (PDF)

4/22/10

Transcript of the March 18, 2010 Hearing on “Taiwan-China: Recent Economic, Political, and Military Developments across the Strait, and Implications for the United States.”

Read the Transcript (PDF)

10/22/09

RELEASE OF RESEARCH REPORT ON “CHINESE CYBER WARFARE & ESPIONAGE”: The Commission has approved for public release a contracted report entitled: Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation.

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a decade into a sweeping military modernization program that has transformed its ability to fight high tech wars. A major element of this modernization effort, known as informationization, is guided by the doctrine of fighting “Local War Under Informationized Conditions,” i.e., the People’s Liberation Army’s efforts to develop a fully networked architecture capable of coordinating military operations on land, in air, at sea, in space and across the electromagnetic spectrum…” [Read THE PDF REPORT]

The Commission contracted with Northrop Grumman Corporation to produce this report on the basis of a competitive contract awarded in March 2009. Questions regarding this Report or the Commission’s procedures for contracted research should be directed to: John Dotson, Research Coordinator for the Commission. Telephone: 202-624-1482 / E-mail: jdotson@uscc.gov.

via United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.


38 Chinese hackers charged | Metro

THE National Bureau of Investigation yesterday filed charges against 38 Chinese for alleged involvement in cyber crimes.

The suspects were charged with violation of Republic Act 8484, or an act regulating the issuance and use of access devices and prohibiting their fraudulent use.

The Chinese were arrested on July 20 in a twin raid on 421 Orbit Street, Aeropark, Don Bosco, Better Living Subdivision, and on Galatia Street, Multinational Village, both in Paranaque City.

The raids were based on a warrant signed by Parañaque Judge Jaime Guray.

Reports said suspects hacked credit card accounts  to  purchase goods online and transferring money to their account through Paypal.

The suspects also put up false advertisement of goods online for victims to purchase.

Once the victim paid for the item, no goods would be delivered.

via 38 Chinese hackers charged | Metro.


Are spymasters targeting hacktivists? | TG Daily

Government advisor and chair of the International E-crime Congress, Simon Moores, recently warned that foreign sovereign powers like China could exploit such hacktivist networks for cyber espionage.

 

via Are spymasters targeting hacktivists? | TG Daily.


Spies From China Use the Internet to Exploit Weaknesses in U.S. – The Daily Beast

Defense Department officials are struggling to plan for a massive
 cyber-attack from Beijing – and fend off spies in the meantime. Tara McKelvey reports on the secret warfare.

 Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III never said the word China 
in his speech on Thursday
 about “Cyber Strategy,” but he didn’t have to. The
 threat of a cyber-attack from Beijing weighs heavily on the minds of 
military commanders. And while officials have not said publicly who
 was behind the newly disclosed theft of 24,000 files from a defense contractor in 
March, one of the worst cyber-assaults in Pentagon history—
it may well have been a Chinese operation. And even if Beijing
 officials were not involved in the theft, they have been implicated in 
other matters—so many, in fact, that federal officials are
 discussing publicly what do to about cyber-attacks, without saying
 explicitly who their number-one villain is.



 

via Spies From China Use the Internet to Exploit Weaknesses in U.S. – The Daily Beast.


Critical Infrastructure Vulnerable to Holes in Chinese SCADA Software | threatpost

The U.S. CERT has issued a security advisory firms using industrial control systems software from the Chinese firm Sunway in the U.S. after a researcher discovered remotely exploitable holes that could be used to knock out or take control systems running the company’s software. The ICS-CERT, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team for the industrial control sector, issued an advisory on June 14 after heap overflow vulnerabilities were discovered in Sunway’s Force Control and pNetPower products by NSS Labs researcher Dillon Beresford.

via Critical Infrastructure Vulnerable to Holes in Chinese SCADA Software | threatpost.


Cyber War Games: U.S. Versus China

 

 

Cyber warfare is one form of espionage that is currently being waged between the U.S. and China. In the event of a full-scale conflict, how would this war be fought, and who would win the war? – David Wise (of big think) an intelligence expert does an excellent job of explaining the 5th Battlefield CyberSpace.  David explains who has an upper hand in this US vs China Cyberspace battle. The United States is well aware of it’s own vulnerable infrastructure our electric grid, our communication networks and aviation grid. We as other governments are a highly industrialized society. China is becoming more and economic power so they in turn are vulnerable. China has been involved in hacking over 33 different companies in the US. The US is doing some of it’s own hacking we we don’t hear about it because were dam good.  (The State department released that CHina’s SCADA system has major security problems).

David does make it clear that we don’t know who these hacker are sometimes a kid playing in his bedroom or a national government in Estonia making belive there in CHina or any other place. It easy to hide in the internet. This makes it difficult to say “Yes” it the Chinese government doing this and that we can’t be sure. David and I agree that dealing with China a communist country is difficult. China is a growing economic power base it need Cyberspace to grow. China is enjoying the money and its need to keep the Internet open to do business, this will also enable it’s people to become free in cyberspace.

This is an excellent Video David Wise is great. –my 2 cents- gatomalo

big_Think Youtube Channel See More > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri20T5Dlggg


Foreign spies stole weapons data from U.S. contractor – Washington Times

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin was hacked by suspected Chinese intruders several weeks ago, and Google and several other U.S. corporations have been victims of cyber-attacks. Computer security specialists say China and Russia have sophisticated computer warfare capabilities.

Foreign spies broke into a U.S. defense contractor’s computer network and stole valuable weapons data, Pentagon officials disclosed for the first time on Thursday in releasing a cybersecurity strategy aimed at bolstering Internet defenses.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III declined to name the contractor or to provide further details of the intrusion in March, except to say that 24,000 files “related to [weapons] systems being developed for the Department of Defense” had been stolen.

“We think it was a foreign intelligence service,” he said, adding that such thefts were the most common forms of cyber-attack directed at the United States.

“The most prevalent cyberthreat to date has been exploitation — the theft of information and intellectual property from government and commercial networks,” he said in a speech at the National Defense University, calling such attacks “deeply corrosive in the long term.”

Thefts like those in March have bedeviled the defense industry for more than five years, said Mr. Lynn, adding that the information stolen in such computer break-ins related to “a wide swath of crucial military hardware, extending from missile tracking systems and satellite navigation devices to [unmanned aerial vehicles] and the Joint Strike Fighter.”

via Foreign spies stole weapons data from U.S. contractor – Washington Times.


Wolf: Technology shared too freely with China – Washington Times

A senior House Republican wants to hold the Obama administration accountable for what he says are violations of law limiting the sharing of space technology with China.

Rep. Frank Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, said in an interview that a law passed in April restricts technology-sharing with China following attempts by Chinese hackers to steal government secrets.

via Wolf: Technology shared too freely with China – Washington Times.