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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Military Works to Counter Cyber Threats

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2013 – The United States military is working diligently to beef up cyber defenses against all threats, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.

In a meeting with Pentagon reporters, Little said the United States believes in an all-of-government approach to cybersecurity, which includes diplomatic, economic and military measures.

The U.S. government “will continue to draw upon the capabilities of all our agencies and departments to strengthen our cyber defenses,” he added.

Recent attention has focused on China since a private firm accused a Chinese army unit in Shanghai of launching cyberattacks against U.S. firms. Little declined to comment on the allegation, saying the Pentagon does not comment on intelligence matters. But he noted that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta raised concerns about cyber issues during his visit to the nation last year.

“We have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest levels about cyber theft with Chinese officials, including the military, and we will continue to do so,” Little said.

The United States is a target of cyberattacks from around the world, the press secretary noted.

“I’m not commenting on any particular state actor,” he said. “We see cyber threats emanate from a number of places. We have discussed the cyber threat with many countries around the world.”

The U.S. publication “Chinese Military Power” said the U.S. government “appeared to be the target of intrusions, some of which appear to have originated within the People’s Republic of China. These intrusions were focused on exfiltrating information.”

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