Xinhua military commentator Zheng Wenhao published an article in response to the cyber attack issue raised in the United States. Zheng observed that recent U.S. media reports declared that Chinese hackers, who were associated with China’s military, had made a large number of vicious attacks against U.S. companies and government entities. He countered that it is the U.S. military that has the world’s most vicious and powerful hacker organization.
The article asked, “Does the U.S. Army have hackers? The answer is clearly yes. At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in April 2005, even before the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Warfare Command in 2010, the U.S. Strategic Command’s senior generals acknowledged the existence of a hacker organization, the so-called ‘Joint Command of cyber warfare functional unit (JFCCNW).’ This organization may be the world’s most frightening and powerful hacker organization."
“In public, JFCCNW is responsible for guarding the network security of the Defense Department. At the same time, it also carries out highly classified computer network attack missions.”
“JFCCNW almost never talks about its actions and results. There is no doubt, however, that a lot of ‘black projects’ that involve U.S. military ‘cyber attacks’ are ongoing.”
“Backed by the country’s near monopoly status on Internet technology, the U.S. military undoubtedly has the world’s most powerful capabilities to launch cyber-attacks. Moreover, the numerous U.S. hacker organizations, such as ‘LulzSec’ and ‘Anonymous,’ provide a steady stream of ‘hacker’ reserves for the U.S. military.”
“In a year in which the world is increasingly influenced by the Internet, it is just a matter of time before the U.S. armed forces and hackers team up. [Therefore], in the field of Internet security, how we can keep our ‘virtual space defense capabilities’ without being affected by the American media and public opinion is a long-standing struggle.”
Source: Xinhua, February 20, 2012