WASHINGTON - China directs and supports hackers, stealing away billions of dollars of intellectual property and data from US. 12 different government supported Chinese groups perform chunk of china-based cyber attacks stealing critical hi-tech info from US, says US cyber security analysts and experts. The aggressive attacks have signatures which can be linked to certain hacking groups being tracked by US officials.
Former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James Catwright says "industry is already feeling that they are at war". The vice chairman is in full favor of strong efforts from the US to hold china and other countries accountable for the cyber attacks. However, it is almost impossible for US to prosecute hackers in china, since it requires concrete proof that the hacking came from a specific region.
Frustrated officials say, just as during the cold war with Russia, US needs to make clear that there will be repercussions for cyber attacks. The hacking tools include malware that can record keystrokes, steal and decrypt passwords, and copy and compress data, which can then be transferred to the attacker's computer.
Cartwright says, coming up soon would be a full-throated policy by the US, that makes it quite clear for the stealthy attackers, that US is not gonna sit back and relax, rather reporting an attack to the state department, asking the respective country to stop the attack, if the latter doesn’t, US would have the right to stop the server from sending the attack by whatever means possible.