Chinese hackers could be readying themselves to launch a cyber attack on key western computer systems.
The Institute for Strategic Studies has released a monograph, written by academic Toshi Yoshihara, warning the US Defense Department, diplomats and law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for Chinese student hacking attacks some time this summer.
The monograph's author asserts that the attacks will try to spread computer viruses and deface sensitive government websites.
The report, Chinese Information Warfare: A Phantom or Emerging Threat?, claims that the hackers are trying to achieve information dominance as a way of overcoming US military superiority.
It would not be the first time that China has turned to cyber space to vent its anger.
When NATO accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade killing three journalists, Chinese hackers broke into the US Department of Energy's website and replaced its homepage with a note written half in English, half in Chinese.
It read: "We are Chinese hackers who take no cares about politics. But we cannot stand by seeing our Chinese reporters being killed.
"Whatever the purpose is, NATO, led by the USA, must take absolute responsibility. You have owed Chinese people a bloody debt which you must pay for. We won't stop attacking until the war stops."
A previous Chinese cyber attack on the White House website knocked it out for four hours.
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