* China, Russia blamed in US report for cyber espionage
* Attacks on firms threaten intellectual property
LONDON, Nov 28 The top U.S. military officer
said on Monday the United States was vulnerable to cyber
attacks, and called for more aggressive action to bolster
America's online defences.
The comments by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, were the latest by U.S. military
officials flagging cyber security as an area of growing focus
and investment even as the Pentagon braces for declining
"We lose enormous intellectual property rights. We're under
constant attack every day. And it's going to take a whole
government approach," Dempsey told a forum in London, in what
was billed as his first full-scale address since taking over the
Pentagon's top uniformed job in September.
Recent attacks on U.S. corporations such as Google Inc, the
Nasdaq stock exchange, Lockheed Martin Corp, and RSA, the
security division of EMC Corp, have given U.S. government and
military officials a renewed sense of urgency about addressing
threats to U.S. computer networks.
An arm of the U.S. intelligence community released a report
earlier in November identifying China and Russia as the most
active and persistent nations that are using cyber espionage to
steal U.S. trade and technology secrets.
But data theft is only one area of concern. U.S. officials
stepped up warnings about possible destructive cyber attacks
after the computer virus Stuxnet emerged in 2010.
Stuxnet is believed to have crippled centrifuges that Iran
uses to enrich uranium for what the United States and some
European nations have charged is a covert nuclear weapons
"We are not immune to coercion in cyber. And we have to get
after it," Dempsey said. "We're working on it .... but in my
judgment we need to work harder."