China must enhance its cyberwarfare capabilities to counter a Pentagon push, the country’s top military newspaper said yesterday, following allegations that Beijing may be behind a series of cyber attacks on Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors, Reuters reports.
Countering the accusations against China, a report published in the official newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army said it was Beijing that was vulnerable to attack and that the U.S. military is “hastening to seize the commanding military heights on the Internet.”
“Their actions remind us that to protect the nation’s Internet security, we must accelerate Internet defense development and accelerate steps to make a strong Internet army,” concluded the report surveying the Pentagon’s efforts in cybersecurity.
Although not an official government statement, the report shows how China has shifted its attention to the issues of cyber attacks and defense, Reuters said.
“Although our country has developed into an Internet great power, our Internet security defenses are still very weak,” the report noted. “So we must accelerate development of Internet battle technology and armament. Comprehensively improve our military’s ability to defend the Internet frontiers.”