Friday, September 7, 2007

Pentagon Computer Hacked Into By Chinese

The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June
in the most successful cyber attack on the US defense department, say
American ­officials.

The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system
serving the office of Robert Gates, defense secretary, but declined to
say who it believed was behind the attack.

Current and former officials have told the Financial Times an internal
investigation has revealed that the incursion came from the People’s
Liberation Army.

One senior US official said the Pentagon had pinpointed the exact
origins of the attack. Another person familiar with the event said
there was a “very high level of confidence...trending towards total
certainty” that the PLA was responsible. The defense ministry in
Beijing declined to comment on Monday.

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