Sunday, March 29, 2009

China sees electronic spying as area where it can defeat America


"Thanks to modern technology, such as the development of information carriers and the Internet, many can now take part in fighting without even having to step out of the door," noted Wei Jincheng, a military strategist, in the Liberation Army Daily newspaper in 1996.

While China cannot compete with the US in defence technology or conventional warfare, Mr Wei foresaw that the country's 300 million internet users could be marshalled into armies of hackers.

"The rapid development of networks has turned each automated system into a potential target of invasion. The fact that information technology is increasingly relevant to people's lives means that those who take part in information war are not all soldiers and anybody who understands computers can become a 'fighter' on the network. The public can participate," he said.


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