Gen. Keith Alexander, who heads the military's U.S. Cyber Command, later told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon is establishing 13 cyber teams capable of conducting offensive operations to combat a cyber attack on America's infrastructure – the first clear statement from a government official indicating that the U.S. deploys cyber weapons.
On Monday National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told the Asia Society that cyber security was being moved to the "to the forefront of our agenda" and directed his ire at China.
"I am not talking about ordinary cybercrime or hacking," said Donilon. "And, this is not solely a national security concern or a concern of the U.S. government."
"Increasingly, U.S. businesses are speaking out about their serious concerns about sophisticated, targeted theft of confidential business information and proprietary technologies through cyber intrusions emanating from China on an unprecedented scale," he said.
Donilon called for China's government "should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities" which he said pose a risk to U.S.-China relations and international trade.
A recent report by the cyber security firm Mandiant traced a host cyber attacks on American companies to a group linked to China's People's Liberation Army.