Just days after news broke of the Pentagon’s efforts to recruit IT professionals into Cyber Command’s new fighting force, the four-month-long online siege of The New York Times by Chinese hackers was revealed to the public, suggesting that protracted cyber warfare is a real danger.
According to the Times, evidence suggests that the Chinese government was behind the cyber-attack, using methods that some consultants have previously associated with the Chinese military.
"Hacking is now a regular business,” Nazli Choucri, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told GlobalPost. Choucri specializes in researching international cyber relations.
But is the US arsenal equipped to fight back?
“Our values prevent us from the type of recruitment and organization [of hackers] that China has. On the other hand, evidence suggests that US capabilities — offense or defense – are great,” Choucri said.