Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 20, 2013

Massive Cyberattacks From China? Report Claims To Expose Secret 'Unit 61398.' -- Christian Science Monitor

A new report claims to have found the exact origin of a campaign of massive cyberattacks against the US, Canada, and Britain. The building in Shanghai is linked to the Chinese military.

China’s military is the silent hand behind a major cyberespionage organization located in Shanghai and blamed for stealing titanic volumes of intellectual property from more than 100 companies worldwide during the past seven years, concludes a new report by a leading US cybersecurity firm.

The report, issued by Mandiant of Alexandria, Va., is unusual in the degree to which it points the finger directly at China's military. For years, researchers have chronicled an “advanced persistent threat” against Western cyber networks and hinted that Chinese actors were the likely culprits, not outsiders coopting Chinese computers. But the Mandiant report, “APT1: Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units,” pulls no punches.

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'Not based in fact': China angrily denies being behind widespread US hacking
-- NBC News

US ready to strike back against China cyberattacks -- AP

Obama administration reportedly considering fines, trade penalties for cybertheft
-- FOX News

China’s cyber-war machine threatens us all -- The Telegraph

Expert: US in cyberwar arms race with China, Russia -- NBC

North Korean Nuclear Test More Than Twice as Powerful as Last Blast
-- Global Security Newswire

Later Russian Borey Class Subs to Carry Only 16 Missiles – Source -- RIA Novosti

Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
-- RIA Novosti

Russian Military Plans to Buy New Aerial Tankers – Source -- RIA Novosti

India Says 'Too Early' to Look for Foul Play in Rafale Deal -- New York Times/Reuters

Red Arrows 'future safe under David Cameron'
-- BBC

Russian meteor spurs call to share military satellite data -- NBC/

IDEX: Explosion of UAVs at Exhibit -- Defense News

Chinese Plan to Kill Drug Dealer With Drone Highlights Military Advances -- New York Times

US drone strikes in Afghanistan rose sharply last year, UN reports
-- The Guardian

U.S. Air Force crews deliver supplies to Mali -- McClatchy News

U.S. Army Leaders Take Leap Into Post-Afghanistan Planning -- Defense News

JLTV, GCV programs face uncertain futures -- Defense Tech

Top U.S. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over Unsecured Radio -- Danger Room

U.S. aircraft carrier Ike to re-deploy Thursday after two months in port -- Pilot Online

Navy to Congress: No budget, no second submarine in 2014
-- The Day

Army Planning Paralyzed by Sequestration Threat --

Pentagon Budgetary Hat Trickery -- Mark Thompson, Time

Forced budget cuts a disaster for military -- Howard McKeon and James Inhofe, Special to CNN

Welcome to the Age of the Printed (Gun) Magazine -- ABC News

The Swiss Army Knife Robot -- MIT Technology Review

Former Navy SEAL on Military's Top Secret Unit Coming Out of the Shadows -- ABC News

Report: Hagel Said Israel Headed Toward Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’ -- Washington Free Beacon

Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. should reinstitute the draft -- Washington Post

South Korea mostly suicide-free for U.S. troops -- Air Force Times

Pentagon reworks PTSD strategy -- McClatchy News

Trial to begin in alleged threat that led to slayings of Fort Bliss soldiers
-- Stars and Stripes/El Paso Times

Polish prosecutors to drop charges in CIA jail inquiry: report -- Reuters

Fmr. CIA official: Cyber war ‘more sinister than nuclear age’ -- CNN

Dumb and dumber: A secret CIA drone base -- Tom Engelhardt, Al Jazeera

At least 2,045 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- AP

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