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Media: China began preparations for a "popular war" in cyberspace

Media: China began preparations for a "popular war" in cyberspaceThe Chinese army is preparing for a “people's war” on the Web, which will be supported by a space attack on the enemy’s satellites, as well as the use of both military and civilians, media reported with reference to the internal report of the PRC Ministry of Defense.

The report was prepared by four specialists from the defense research center in Shanghai, reports

The authors of the report are considering the possibility of the American-Chinese cyber resistance. According to the text of the report, the soldiers of the new war will be not only military personnel, but all with the necessary knowledge and skills, therefore, “cyber war can be called a“ people's war ”. The report attempts to apply the concept of “popular war” developed by Mao Zedong to the coming war on the Web.

The report also discusses the possibilities for the development of space weapons and its role in possible cyber war. According to Chinese analysts, such weapons would be the trump card that would help weaker China to defeat the United States in the event of a military conflict.

Cyberspace is directly dependent on satellites, so "space, of course, will become the main theater of operations in cyber war," the document says.

Since the ground stations providing the Internet are more difficult to attack, space satellites become natural targets for attack. Also, the authors of the report noted that satellites have almost no protection, which makes them very vulnerable to enemy attacks.

The coming cyber war should include three directions: attacks in cyberspace, defense and support (that is, intelligence and the collection of the necessary data).

Cyber ​​attacks are divided into "soft" and "hard"

“Soft” cyber attacks are aimed at disabling, weakening, disrupting and completely destroying a cyber opponent, and imply cyberspace damage, interference, cable damage, computer viruses running, data theft and corruption, as well as “network bombardment”.

Network bombs, according to the authors of the report, will have to instantly destroy or paralyze the enemy’s information network.

“Tough” cyber attack involves the use of missiles, lasers and other types of weapons that can affect the state of cyberspace.

The Chinese authorities declined to comment on the report. In addition, the PRC traditionally rejects all allegations of cyber-terrorism, pointing to constant cyber attacks by the United States.
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  1. serge-68-68
    serge-68-68 31 July 2013 08: 35
    If we discard the traditional Chinese rhetoric about "people's war" inherited from Mao with his nationwide smelting of pig iron and the same pursuit of sparrows, then it should be admitted that the PRC has made great progress in preparing for war in cyberspace. I would very much like the capabilities of its conventional aircraft to be lower. Otherwise, as the esaul used to say from "One's among strangers, a stranger among one's own" - "there can be troubles ... Do we need them?"
    1. PISTOL
      PISTOL 31 July 2013 08: 42
      If Russia joins China, if it has not already joined, they will not find it small!
    2. Fire
      Fire 31 July 2013 09: 17
      Yesterday there was an article about Russian-Chinese exercises in Russia, and now cyber attacks are starting ...
      1. tronin.maxim
        tronin.maxim 31 July 2013 12: 29
        The report also discusses the development of space weapons and its role in a possible cyber war. According to Chinese analysts, such a weapon would be the trump card that would help a weaker China defeat the United States in the event of a military conflict. And China, I hope, remembers that it is forbidden to place weapons in outer space! Or did this apply to the USSR and the USA? what
  2. darksoul
    darksoul 31 July 2013 08: 43
    And they have potential, in all international competitions in programming and mathematics, the Chinese are in the first place, the second and third Russia and South Korea hold ..... so we also have very great potential .... the main thing is to use it ... .and attract such capable guys to this work
    1. Edward72
      Edward72 31 July 2013 08: 53
      Attract - one thing, but also pay so that you don’t turn your head to the side
  3. Letnab
    Letnab 31 July 2013 09: 46
    in fact, the military needs to take on special records all the guys who think extraordinary .. for which, as I understand it, they must hold olympiads in computer science and other related subjects. Here you can attract children even with disabilities, they will be in demand, and therefore they will answer the same. In this case, our country will be able to answer all sorts of foreign nasties. Well, here on this subject you can fantasize a lot ..
  4. Guun
    Guun 31 July 2013 12: 09
    In my opinion, the United States is not ready for cyber attacks, they will be cut down by satellites and light on their territories - China will win the cyber war.
  5. morkov
    morkov 1 August 2013 09: 55
    The United States is not at all ready for any military action on its territory. 2001 showed it ...