The ongoing Google-China dispute arguably began when hackers based in the country breached Google's network.
In the days shortly after, Chinese hackers were also blamed for hacks into several U.S. companies, including Intel and the law firm representing Cybersitter in a suit against the Chinese government for software piracy.
More recently, Chinese hackers were blamed for attacks on Indian military networks and Tibetan exiles. According to Daily Tech:
The attackers used attacks on social networking, blogging, and email services, such as Twitter, Google Groups, and Yahoo Mail to gain access to individual computers, forcing them to communicate with attack servers in China.
The Chinese government has pledged a thorough investigation, but researchers at the University of Toronto who uncovered the spy ring indicate it seems too convenient that the hack targeted those whom China sees as enemies.
Together with the Google-China dispute, these attacks and the others like them this year have motivated stakeholders to call for a cyber war strategy in the United States, Computerworld's Jaikumar Vijayan reports. Vijayan writes:
Few think that such a war is imminent. But damage has already been done by a slew of cyberattacks that, while well short of cyberwar, have still resulted in the theft of terabytes of intellectual property data, trade secrets and classified military and government information. ...Cyberthieves have also made off with billions of dollars from U.S companies and banks.
As a result, legislators are proposing cyber security laws. Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, introduced the Cyber Security Act not long ago, and together with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and former National Security Agency officials, are speaking out on the threat of cyber war.