Mandiant's a private security firm. Kevin Mandia heads it. He's a retired military cybercrime investigator. He specializes in computer forensics. His staff includes former intelligence officials and law enforcement agents.
He targets China. He operates like a digital Blackwater. He's well paid to do so. "We're security guys," he says. "We're not diplomats."
He claims Chinese hackers are linked to the People's Liberation Army (PLA). US government agencies, corporations and organizations are targeted from a Shanghai area office tower. It's PLA Unit 61398 headquarters, he says.
China denounced his report. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said:
"Hacking attacks are transnational and anonymous. Determining their origins are extremely difficult. We don't know how the evidence in this so-called report can be tenable."
Bet on it having no credibility whatever. Most countries spy on others. They do so for national security reasons. Government hacking is war by other means. Washington does it aggressively. Media scoundrels don't explain.
Obama stopped short of accusing China. No one's fooled by who he has in mind. Congressional hardliners say the same thing.
Concerns are discussed privately. Patience is wearing thin, said Times editors. "China-emanated attacks have grown," they claim.
A more aggressive response is warranted, they say. "Publicizing China's transgressions and blocking Internet access to hackers should be a warning to Beijing. Washington is right to defend its interests."
Attorney General Holder weighed in. He warned of "a significant and steadily increasing threat to America's economy and national security interests." He lied saying so. He's paid to lie. So is Obama and likeminded hardliners.
Robert Hormats was Goldman Sachs International chairman. That alone makes him damaged goods. Goldman makes money by stealing it. Hormats was complicit in grand theft.
He's now Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. He said Washington "repeatedly raised concerns about trade secret theft by any means at the highest levels with senior Chinese officials."
Get China is official US policy. Marginalizing, weakening, and isolating it is prioritized. New threats follow earlier ones. Cyberwar opens a new front.
Capability to wage it adds to America's arsenal. Preemption is prioritized. Diktat authority bypasses Congress. Obama's word is policy.
He'll say what he wants without evidence. He's a serial liar so expect it. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars.
Cyber ones are ongoing. They're aggressive, malicious and lawless. New ones are planned. China is prioritized. Obama's got other targets in mind. Cyber sabotage is policy. It's war by other means. Rogue states operate that way. America's by far the worst.