Newscast Media BEIJING—While China and the US trade accusations of
cyber-espionage, Beijing is seeking to rid itself of US-made IT products which
dominate the market. But developing competitive alternatives is easier said than
The “cyber war” between China and the US escalated in the beginning of May when
the US Justice Department announced it was pressing charges of economic espionage
against five members of a unit allegedly in charge of electronic warfare within China’s
People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The officers had reportedly been involved in the
hacking of US companies. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media BRUSSELS—A Chinese diplomat slammed a U.S. congressman’s
remarks on Chinese cyber espionage, saying they were “ridiculous” and a diversion of
attention from the controversial U.S. spy program.
“Remarks of this kind are ridiculous,” said the spokesperson for the Chinese Mission to
the European Union. “The PRISM issue has drawn worldwide attention. Its impact is
worthy of rethinking.”
“We hope that relevant parties could take it seriously and address their own problems
properly rather than attempt to divert the concerns of the international community by
making unprofessional and irresponsible accusations,” the spokesperson said.
Last week, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers told members of the European Parliament in
Brussels that if the EU continued the muddling of debate on the U.S. snooping on
European citizens and institutions, it may help China spy on European and American
Rogers also claimed that Chinese cyber espionage has already cost the U.S. economy
400 billion U.S. dollars. The spokesperson noted that China’s position on the cyber security
issue is clear-cut.
“We oppose hacking and cyber attack of whatever form. We call upon the
international community to actively conduct dialogue and cooperation in the spirit of
mutual respect and mutual trust, and formulate international cyberspace code of
conduct under the UN framework,” the spokesperson said.
“The communication channels related to cyber security between China and the U.S.,
as well as China and the EU remain unimpeded. We look forward to seeing relevant
parties join us and make constructive efforts in tackling cyber security challenges,”
the spokesperson added.
Newscast Media MONTEREY—A Naval Postgraduate School student, U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Billingsley of Stamford, Conn., is building the military’s first cyber warfare professionals association.
The Military Cyber Professionals Association, soon to be launched from Monterey, Calif., where Billingsley is currently studying for his doctoral degree, will provide a professional home for the burgeoning cyber operations community. The association’s Monterey chapter will be both a prototype and the association’s flagship as it branches out to build a national organization.
“Monterey is a natural home for the association due to its proximity to NPS, DLI [Defense Language Institute], Silicon Valley, other defense personnel, and the interest in cyber initiatives,” said Billingsley.
In a recent visit to NPS, U.S. Cyber Command deputy commander, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, also recognized the area’s commitment to cyber operations research and for its contribution to the creation of a community of cyber professionals.
“We are going to need 6,000 people in the next three years to build a cyber force … I know that those people live here [at NPS],” said Davis.
“The cyber domain matters because the prosperity and security of our nation depends on it,” said Billingsley. “It’s hard to imagine a single American business or military unit that does not rely on connectivity to accomplish at least some of its core functions. That trend is not expected to change any time soon.”
Billingsley, an Army strategist with a background in signal intelligence, was selected by the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command to pursue graduate cyber operations studies at NPS. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cyber systems and operations, and a Ph.D. in information sciences.
“The Army cyber command gave me the opportunity to earn a cyber master’s degree here at NPS that met our needs,” said Billingsley. “Most cyber programs are more technical and seek to produce operators, but NPS’ cyber systems and operations degree is perfect for me because it is a balance between strategy and technical scholarship.”
Cyber ops students are researching a host of cyber security and warfare related subjects designed to protect cyber infrastructure, counter cyber attacks, and to build anti-hacking measures. Billingsley seeks to unite students like these with professionals from across the defense community and academia.