Chinese Cyberwar Units Prepare For Netwar

China is now working on a strategy to ensure "electromagnetic dominance" in the event of a conflict, according to a newly-released Pentagon study on Chinese military power. This comes right on the heels of possible Cyber-Warfare Waged on Estonia By Russia in late April of this year.

According to the report, China's People's Liberation Army has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks.

Fortunately, America's hard-working science fiction authors have given us fair warning. In his 1984 novel Neuromancer, William Gibson warned of the efficacy of Chinese intrusion software.

Something dark was forming at the core of the Chinese program. The density of information overwhelmed the fabric of the matrix, triggering hypnagogic images. Faint kaleidoscopic angles centered in to a silver-black focal point. Case watched childhood symbols of evil and bad luck tumble out along translucent planes: swastikas, skulls and crossbones, dice flashing snake eyes. If he looked directly at that null point, no outline would form. It took a dozen quick, peripheral takes before he had it, a shark thing, gleaming like obsidian, the black mirrors of its flanks reflecting faint distant lights that bore no relationship to the matrix around it.

"That's the sting," the construct said. "When Kuang's good and bellytight with the Tessier-Ashpool core, we're ridin' that through."
(Read more about Chinese virus programs)

The PLA is also working on a doctrine called "Integrated Network Electronic Warfare" to clearly define the roles of electronic warfare, CNO, and kinetic strikes to disrupt battlefield network information systems.

Hopefully, the PLA has not succeeded in getting a good translation of Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Zap Gun. In the book, he describes the ideal weapon for disrupting enemy network communications - the Civic Notification Distorter:

"The Civic Notification Distorter," Febbs said, "bases its operation on the requirement that in present-day society every filled-out official form has to be recorded, microwise, in trio or quad or quin. Three, four or five copies in every instance have to be made. The weapon functions in a relatively uncomplicated manner. All micro-copies, after being Xeroxed, are carried over coaxial lines to file-repositories, generally subsurface and away from population centers, in case of a major war. You know, so they'll survive, I mean, records have got to survive. So the Civic Notification Distorter is launched ground-to-ground...
(Read more about the Civic Notification Distorter)

From ComputerWorld and Military Power of the People's Republic of China 2007 (pdf).

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