The Informationization Age

I wish I was as clever with words as Steven Colbert, but wait till you hear about the Informationization Age.

Putting aside the largest market in the world available to Google, it takes guts to stand up to China for any damn reason. According to the latest intrusion, on Google’s infrastructure, "at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted." Their names are not listed at this time on Google’s site.

Further they say, "we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists."

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"We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech."

Google has lived up to its warning to China, in a way no other world leader has had the chops to do, "These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China."


But if you thought it was only Brinn and Page checking out China, think again. From our own intelligence community, we find this: "US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Report on the Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation."

And in it, "a decade into a sweeping military modernization program that has fundamentally transformed its ability to fight high tech wars. The Chinese military, using increasingly networked forces capable of communicating across service arms and among all echelons of command, is pushing beyond its traditional missions focused on Taiwan and toward a more regional defense posture. This modernization effort, known as informationization, is guided by the doctrine of fighting "Local War Under Informationized Conditions," which refers to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and their ongoing effort to develop a fully networked architecture capable of coordinating military operations on land, in air, at sea, in space and across the electromagnetic spectrum."


"One of the chief strategies driving the process of informatization in the PLA is the coordinated use of CNO, electronic warfare (EW), and kinetic strikes designed to strike an enemy’s networked information systems, creating "blind spots" that various PLA forces could exploit at predetermined times or as the tactical situation warranted. Attacks on vital targets such as an adversary’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems will be largely the responsibility of EW and counter space forces with an array of increasingly sophisticated jamming systems and anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. Attacks on an adversary’s data and networks will likely be the responsibility of dedicated computer network attack and exploitation units."

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Web Application Security – How to Minimize Prevalent Risk of Attacks
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And if you were one of those who were ambivalent about China making copies of the latest Paula Abdul albums, consider this: "China is likely using its maturing computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the US Government and industry by conducting a long term, sophisticated, computer network exploitation campaign."

Didn’t we just see our fearless leaders over there talking about how cool things were? "Integrated Network Electronic Warfare” is the name of this game and it appears the world has become considerably more dangerous, or more apparently so at least. It’s easy to imagine this is more than some porn links getting censored but Google seems like the unlikely messenger of this awful news. If cyber warfare is imminent, shouldn’t Google be outside the ring as soon as possible?



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