Re: My server logs say different
Wrong. The PRC has been caught inside of both US commercial institutions, in particular corporations involved in trade negotiations with PRC firms and caught up to its elbows inside of US military networks from IP's well documented for being part of the PRC military cyberwarfare units.
Indeed, for US DoD networks, there were two well reported network wide breaches that cost in the billions of dollars to remediate.
The PRC was caught with their cyberwarfare folks connected to ITT's nightvision labs. The PRC also solicited contracts to build sensitive components for ITT nightvision labs. Strangely enough, they already knew how to build those components, which tipped off the US DoD. ITT ended up paying a record fine for unlawful export of technologies that are restricted for export.
The PRC has had a long history of isolationism. That failed them when the British Empire invaded and subjugated China. Hence, the thousands of years of retaining satellite buffer states is not as effective in protecting their nation. The PRC still lacks an effectively sized blue water navy, indeed, they only have a few blue water capable ships currently. Hence, they use a smarter defense, network centric. That is especially effective now, as the US and NATO are operating in a network centric mode themselves, so disrupting networks is a highly effective defense. Meanwhile, information can also be obtained to learn techniques and tactics, as well as intentions of the national leadership.
Since the PRC has the largest national population in the entire world, they can field far, far, far more cyberwarfare soldiers than any other nation can.
Enough to even give Russia pause.
And network disruption was well proved with the scuffle between Russia and Georgia. Or did you forget that South Ossetia invasion? It began with cyber attacks on the Georgian government networks, dropping them and preventing communication.
I remember it well, as we monitored what was being done, as well as juggled troops into position, should it be decided that we should intervene.