The Chinese army’s hackers continue to grab headlines.

From The Times of India:

China’s cyber warfare army is marching on, and India is suffering silently. Over the past one and a half years, officials said, China has mounted almost daily attacks on Indian computer networks, both government and private, showing its intent and capability. ( Watch: ‘China’s cyber intrusion a threat’ )

The sustained assault almost coincides with the history of the present political disquiet between the two countries.

According to senior government officials, these attacks are not isolated incidents of something so generic or basic as “hacking” — they are far more sophisticated and complete — and there is a method behind the madness.

Publicly, senior government officials, when questioned, take refuge under the argument that “hacking” is a routine activity and happens from many areas around the world. But privately, they acknowledge that the cyber warfare threat from China is more real than from other countries.

Now I would have chalked this up to media FUD at one point. With every passing day it appears that this is in fact more real than I thought.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not naive enough to think that it doesn’t happen. I just thought that Bush and Co. were using China in an attempt to divert attention from their own failings as an administration.

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