Chinese military to launch cyber war games next month

wargamesThe notion of a nation state conducting war games to test its military readiness is hardly a new idea, but China is approaching its next round of fake war with a new twist: This time, the war games will be conducted in the virtual realm. Somewhere, teenage Matthew Broderick is smiling.

A report from the Xinhua news agency – the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China – has announced that the upcoming exercises will, in part, “test new types of combat forces including units using digital technology amid efforts to adjust to informationalised war.”

The short report states that the exercises, which will be carried out next month at the country’s largest military training field at the Zhurihe training base in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, will also “be the first time a People’s Liberation Army exercise has focused on combat forces including digitalized units, special operations forces, army aviation and electronic counter forces.” Eight military academies are forecast to participate in the war games, as well as members of the 38th and 68th combined corps of the Beijinh Military Area Command.

The June date for the exercises mean that they are likely to follow a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in California next week. The two are expected to discuss cyber security in light of renewed fears of Chinese cyber attacks into U.S. military networks.

As recent as this week, continued reports claim that Chinese hackers have been actively breaching networks belonging to military and intelligence organizations around the world. In the latest example, Australia’s ABC Television reported that the floor plans of a projected new headquarters for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization had been stolen by an attack linked to the Chinese government.

Similarly, earlier this month, the Pentagon sent a classified report to the U.S. Congress that was eventually leaked to the media. The news also stated that the U.S. government was the subject of hacks “attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”

For its part, the Chinese government has repeatedly denied any involvement in these attacks, or any of a similar nature. According to the Chinese authorities, the cyber-warfare arm of the People’s Liberation Army – which was created in 2011 – is entirely defensive in nature, and therefore any suggestion of offensive hacking is misinformed as such actions would fall outside of the scope of the division.

That said, not only do such allegations persist, but the PLA is stepping up defense spending to develop new technologies. With this new front of war gaming opening up, it appears that the Chinese authorities take cyber war very seriously, even if they’re not already engaged in it quietly.

Computing

Here’s how to watch AMD reveal its new Ryzen chips at Computex

AMD will hold a pre-Computex keynote May 27 to announce its new line of 3rd-generation Ryzen processors and accompanying Radeon Navi graphics cards. Here's how to watch the keynote live wherever you are in the world.
Computing

Keep your kids safe online with these great parental control tools

The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for your loved ones. Check out our selection of the best free parental control software for Windows and MacOS, so you can monitor your child and block unsavory sites.
Computing

These external drives have speed, durability, and storage space to spare

Whether you want an external storage drive that is fast, portable, or comes with a ton of storage, these are the best external hard drives available today. They all come with great features and competitive pricing.
Computing

The 2019 ThinkPad lineup is robust. Here's how to pick the right one for you

Be it the X series, the T series, E series, it can be tough to find the best Lenovo laptop that is right for you. To help, we'll break down all the options available to make your choice a more informed one.
Computing

Should you buy a MacBook Pro or a Razer Blade Stealth? We'll help you decide

Laptop head to heads are a great way to see which one might be the right one for you. Our latest sees the Razer Blade Stealth (2019) vs. MacBook Pro in a fight to see which one deserves to be your next laptop.
Computing

AMD's latest Navi graphics cards are incoming. Here's what to expect

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Computing

Microsoft might finally embrace USB-C on next-gen Surface Pro 7

USB-C could finally come to Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. According to a Microsoft patent filing, the port was shown in an illustration, suggesting that the company is working to support this feature in the future.
Computing

Ryzen 3000 chips will pack a punch, and could launch as early as July

AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 generation of CPUs could be the most powerful processors we've ever seen, with higher core counts, greater clock speeds, and competitive pricing. Here's what we know so far.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Deals

Walmart Memorial Day sale: 4K TVs, laptops, and Apple iPads get price cuts

The Walmart Memorial Day sale has begun. With some pretty nice savings on Apple iPads, Samsung and Vizio 4K TVs, laptops, and Google Home devices, now is a great time to snag some electronics for cheap.
Computing

Here’s how to watch the Nvidia Computex 2019 press conference

Here’s everything you need to know about Nvidia’s upcoming press conference at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan; including what to expect during the press conference and how and when to watch it.
Deals

Best Memorial Day sales 2019: Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart deals

If you're looking to save big on some shiny new stuff for Memorial Day 2019, we've gathered everything you need to know into one place. Find out where to save the most money before the summer hits its stride.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tricked-out e-scooters and bike lights that lock

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!