On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People’s Liberation Army base for China’s growing corps of cyberwarriors.Read the rest here.
The building off Datong Road, surrounded by restaurants, massage parlors and a wine importer, is the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398. A growing body of digital forensic evidence — confirmed by American intelligence officials who say they have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years — leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate in and around the white tower.
This is very chilling and frankly a bit alarming. I am a non-interventionist but that does not mean I think we need to lie down for this kind of attack on our sovereignty. Someone needs to put the Chinese on notice that this will not be tolerated any longer and they need to cut it out or risk serious damage to our relations.
To put this in diplo-speak we need to inform them that any more state sponsored cyber attacks will be considered an "unfriendly act." That's a very loaded term in the world of diplomats.