China’s People’s Liberation Army has a specialized unit dedicated to launching cyberattacks, and its main target is the United States. U.S. intelligence agencies warn that China operates on a scale so sophisticated it could bring down the entire American electrical grid. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned the Senate Armed Services Committee in September that the Chinese have the ability to launch “a massive Armageddon-like attack against our infrastructure.” CONTINUE

China’s Cyber Warfare Unit Targeting the American Power GridA secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military. The map uses red dots to mark more than 600 corporate, private or government “Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage” that were attacked over a five-year period, with clusters in America’s industrial centers. The entire Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston is blanketed in red, as is California’s Silicon Valley, with other concentrations in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and Detroit. CONTINUE

China, Russia and North Korea have electromagnetic-pulse, or EMP, weapons with the ability to cause mass casualties and catastrophic damage to the U.S. power grid, but defending against such an attack is not a defense priority, warned an expert who testified to Congress Thursday. There’s a “clear and present danger to the U.S.” posed by an EMP weapon in the hands of an enemy nation, Peter Vincent Pry of EMPact America told the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. CONTINUE