Update: Mr. Coleman responded to my inquiry with the following:
The Red SOS is not available openly at the decision of the funding source for the report.
As to the cyber arms race – based on Open Source Information, use of cyber attacks in conflict by armies and terrorists, the reports of cyber attacks on infrastructure and the increased frequency and sophistication of attacks coupled with the complexity of reported attacks we came to the conclusion. There is a clear trend here. We are not seeing any indication that these trends will change anytime soon. The only thing that needs to really be validated is who is really behind each and every one of these critical attacks.
Well this is typical. All the big claims about impending doom always seem to be based on classified information that cannot be shared with us mere mortals. So far, the public case for Kylin as a security threat is unconvincing. – post by TransTracker
So is the PRC’s Kylin a Part of Cyber-Warfare, Cyber-Security, or Both?
It’s both. (Note, I am leery of the cyber-warfare term. It can encourage massive, costly projects and bad analogies.)
I understand Mr. Coleman’s concerns about cyberwarfare aspects and how the PRC’s cyber-defence could hinder US cyber cababilities against their systems. But, we should not deem overall attempts to have more secure operating systems as “warfare” in a sinister sense per se. Improving cyber-security is something that we all should be doing. Being “peaceful” in the networked world does not mean having servers running unpatched Windows. The US, UK, etc. should be encouraging their government, corporate, and infrastructure systems to be better secured. (The US has done projects such NSA’s work on Security Enhanced Linux. Some might call that as an example of US cyber-warfare.)