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The Chinese regime is getting ready to replace the Windows operating system in its military. The new operating system is independently developed by China, and it would prevent the United States from hacking into China’s military network.

An “Internet Security Information Leadership Group” was established to perform the task of replacing the Windows operating system, according to a report published on May 11 by Canada-based military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence.

The group does not trust the “UNIX” multi-user, multi-stroke operating system either, which is used in some of the servers within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Kanwa reported. Therefore, Chinese authorities ordered to develop an operating system dedicated to the Chinese military.

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More information as Chinese Military dumps Microsoft Windows

  • Chinese military to replace Windows OS amid fears of US hacking

    Amidst an escalating trade war and political tensions with the US, Beijing officials have decided to develop a custom operating system that will replace the Windows OS on computers used by the Chinese military.

    The decision, while not made official through the government's normal press channels, was reported earlier this month by Canada-based military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence.

    Per the magazine, Chinese military officials won't be jumping ship from Windows to Linux but will develop a custom OS.

    Thanks to the Snowden, Shadow Brokers, and Vault7 leaks, Beijing officials are well aware of the US' hefty arsenal of hacking tools, available for anything from smart TVs to Linux servers, and from routers to common desktop operating systems, such as Windows and Mac.

  • Chinese Military Plans New Windows Replacement OS To Prevent US Hacking

    It’s being said that China has no trust in Windows, Linux, or even UNIX for that matter. Thanks to all the data dumped by Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks in the past, the world knows the extent of US surveillance. Back then, it was revealed that they could hack anything that could be hacked.

    A new custom OS is being created to minimize the effect of foreign threats — primarily the US — on the operations of the Chinese military. However, until now, there has been no official statement from the Chinese government on this matter.

    The development of the Windows replacement OS will be carried out by a newly formed entity, says the magazine. It’s called the Internet Security Information Leadership Group, which will work directly under the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

    This is similar to how the United States Cyber Command is operating in the US. It is part of the US Department of Defense but operates separately from other defense bodies and intelligence agencies.

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  • China Prepares Alternative OS For Windows Amid Cybersecurity Concerns

    The publication quoted the report of Kanwa Asian Defence, a Canadian Military print publication, revealing that the Internet Security Information Leadership Group (ISILG) in China has been created in order to replace Windows, and the UNIX system, used by the Chinese military.

    The Chinese government is concerned that the United States intelligence agencies are capable of hacking onto operating systems like Windows, and UNIX or Linux to be used in spying on Chinese military secrets. China plans to develop a more secure operating system that will offer more security against western attacks.

    However, Ian Thornton-Trump, head of security at AmTrust International, explained that the reality of a secure OS is that you need a pipeline of developers to develop and support it given the economy in China a briefcase full of dollars is highly likely to yield you an advanced copy of the OS for opposing nation states to dissect and reverse engineer.

China to Drop Microsoft Windows, Citing Security Concerns

  • China to Drop Microsoft Windows, Citing Security Concerns Amid US Huawei Crackdown

    The People’s Liberation Army's Internet Security Information Leadership Group (ISILG) will reportedly take on the task of creating a replacement for the Microsoft OS and UNIX system, also used by the Chinese military. China has previously already mulled such an option, regarding the Linux-based "Red Flag" OS as a possible replacement for Microsoft's system. However, these ideas have not seen much development so far.

    This time, the notion was brought up amid the ongoing trade war between China and the US, which recently took a new turn after Washington banned Huawei equipment from its domestic market and tried to pressure its European allies to do the same, citing alleged cybersecurity issues. The US claims that Huawei is working with the Chinese government and installing backdoors in its equipment on behalf of Beijing.

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  • Chinese Military Wants to Develop Custom OS

    It's unclear exactly how custom this new OS will be. It could be a Linux variant, like North Korea's Red Star OS. Or it could be something completely new. Normally, I would be highly skeptical of a country being able to write and field its own custom operating system, but China is one of the few that is large enough to actually be able to do it. So I'm just moderately skeptical.

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