Report: Chinese Hackers Outnumber U.S. Cyberpersonnel 50 to 1

China’s armies of hackers are rapidly growing in size and capability, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress on April 11.

The Chinese Communist Party is “sparing no expense in its attempt to hack, lie, cheat and steal its way to the top as a global superpower,” he said, adding that its hacking program is larger than “every other major nation combined.”

Wray admitted that the United States is ill prepared to defend against the pernicious threat. This is partly because China’s attackers outnumber the fbi’s cybersecurity personnel by a ratio of 50 to 1.

Early warning ignored: On several occasions, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has warned of the dangers of the U.S. military’s reliance on computer systems that are vulnerable to cyberattack. In a January 1995 article, he quoted analyst Joseph de Courcy, calling this dependence “the Western world’s Achilles’ heel.” Mr. Flurry wrote:

America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. It is so dangerous that I am amazed it hasn’t received more publicity.

Mr. Flurry said de Courcy’s warning about this weakness reminded him of a Bible prophecy recorded in Ezekiel 7. The chapter’s first three verses show God is addressing “the land of Israel” in the time of “the end,” which means mainly the U.S. and Britain in the modern era.

Ezekiel 7 describes a future time when God will punish these nations for their “abominations” and their rejection of His law and authority (verse 8). Verse 14 describes one aspect of that punishment: “They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.”

Mr. Flurry said this “alarming” scripture describes a future time when U.S. military technology will have been compromised by adversaries.

It seems everybody is expecting our people to go into battle, but the greatest tragedy imaginable occurs! Nobody goes to battle—even though the trumpet is blown! Will it be because of a computer terrorist?
—Gerald Flurry

In the Trumpet’s June 1999 issue, Mr. Flurry again examined the U.S. military’s perilous vulnerability to cyberattacks, writing, “We could lose the next war before we even begin ….”

Learn more: Read “China Hacks America—and ‘None Goes to Battle.’