The 2013 “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” provides detailed allegations about a problem of rising concern to the U.S. government and American businesses.Chinese hacking capabilities are particularly worrisome because U.S. officials fear that Beijing could use them as an offensive tactic.
“The access and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks,” the report says.
The Chinese government has denied orchestrating or condoning hacking operations against U.S. government and corporate networks.
The Pentagon added that China is also stepping up its conventional weapons and aerospace systems, saying China is transforming an armed force that two decades ago was regarded as “a poorly equipped, ground forces-centric military.”
Significantly, China rolled out last year its first aircraft carrier and invested heavily in short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.