Tuesday, May 3, 2011

China cyber war doctrine no secret

I contrast my post yesterday (about U.S. cyber war doctrine and its endemic stupidity) with that of China. They actually published their doctrine (see this link) in which the following sentence pretty well sums up their status:
Significant progress has been made in building information systems for reconnaissance and intelligence… 
Linked with their unambiguous support of penetration hackers from within their borders (as reported today by Brian Krebs in his blog), you may understand why I characterize the U.S. cyber doctrine as patently stupid when compared with that of China. Krebs' telling sentence makes my point:
Open source information available about the tools used in recent attacks labeled APT indicates that some of the actors involved are doing little to cover their tracks: Not only are they potentially identifiable, they don’t seem particularly concerned about suffering any consequences from their actions.
Perhaps the Chinese hackers aren't particularly concerned about "suffering any consequences from their actions" because they have a get-out-of-jail-free card from their government. Which is a heck of a lot more than we can say in the U.S. So while our guys feign disinterest in the source of cyber attacks and would rather just play defense and get corporate America back up and running more securely, their private and public teams are in it to win it.

Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

Sincerely yours,

The Destroying Angel

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?