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Great moments in defense blogging

The Pentagon's "Early Bird" (a compilation of defense news stories) yesterday carried an item from a blog. This was to my knowledge a first. The lucky blogger was Long War Journal 's Bill Roggio, who deserves the honor. There he was, item 27 of the EB of June 27, 2009. 

A salute to Price Floyd, the Pentagon's new communications czar, for the new policy. I wonder where he used to work?

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Chinese hackers behaving badly

NightWatch excerpts a summary of a congressional report on Chinese hacking of American computers:

The Chinese cyberattackers -- whoever they work for -- sure are busy bees in cyberspace, according to the report of a Congressional hearing held in April by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was released last week." The report is dated 30 April.

A '... senior fellow at the Technolytics Institute, a cyber think tank, told the hearing that a survey of nonmilitary government outfits that monitor their Internet firewalls reported an average of 128 acts of "cyber aggression" a minute from China in March 2009.'

"That works out to 7,680 aggressive cyber acts an hour or 184,320 a day against non-Defense organizations. The senior fellow said all these attacks came from IP addresses in China but added that he did not know exactly who or what sits behind those IP addresses.'" 

Meanwhile, old Bill Gertz, who has made a full-time job of tracking Chinese misdeeds, passes along a report that a Chinese intrusion recently forced the FBI to shut down one of its computer networks. 

I wonder if the U.S. government has ever delivered a diplomatic note telling the Chinese government to knock it off. It just seems unfriendly to me, and not becoming a great power. Anyone know?

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