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China Makes Viruses For Cyberwar First Strike

The US DOD (Dept of Defense) has warned about the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and their viruses for attacking computer systems.

According to annual DOD report the PLA has formed information warfare-units for making viruses to threaten and attack computer systems. Furthermore, Chinese defense force is coming up with various ways to safeguard their network from a rival attack.

The importance that China associated to information warfare has been shown by PLA's virus-writing effort, which is underway for several years. In 2000, DOD had warned that China is capable enough to find out poorly protected US computers and could use CAN (Computer-Network-Attacks) to assault specific US civilian and military infrastructures.

The report also states that with China, US and other countries also have developed similar abilities to attack an enemy's computer systems.

According to the Director of technical analysis-group at New Hampshire University's Justiceworks, Andrew Macpherson, and a assistant professor for justice studies in a statement published by Computer World on May 29, 2007, this latest report shows how the Chinese military's thinking has altered on information warfare, in past few years.

Macpherson added that Chinese were more bothered about their viruses as they're using western software, but now there is no discussion about that and the focus is on 'first strike' capabilities.

Recently, in 2005, the PLA has started giving training for computer assaults, which includes a part of greater military programs. Taiwan is the important focus of China's military modernization, since the country views it as the origin of any probable 'first strike' of the PLA, cyber warfare or otherwise.

The report also mentions that a limited military-campaign could also have PC network assaults against Taiwan's political, economic, and military infrastructures, which will further weaken the islands' faith in its headship. But, the US is also a strong target, which would probably interfere in China's assault on Taiwan.

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