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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

China Claimed US Was Hacking Military Websites

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army seems to be fighting back at hacking accusations made by the American officials and security companies in February. The Army’s weapon of choice is a range of counter-accusations against the American military.

Press reports confirmed that in a statement posted on China’s Ministry of Defence official website, its representative claimed that the Ministry of Defence website, along with the China Military Online website, have recently suffered serious threats from hacking attacks. In addition, the representative stressed that the number of attacks had increased in recent years.

The Ministry of Defence claimed the websites suffered 144,000 attacks per month last year and attacks from the US accounted for 63% of all attacks in 2012. In addition, the ministry expressed its concerns over plans of the United States to expand cyber warfare capabilities.

The Ministry of Defence also dismissed a recent report by security outfit named Mandiant. The latter claimed to have pinpointed the origin of multiple cyber attacks on the targets of the United States to a 12-story building occupied by a People’s Liberation Army cyber warfare unit. According to spokesperson, the report appeared inaccurate, unprofessional and full of loopholes. Geng Yansheng claimed that Chinese legislation forbids hacking attacks that undermine mutual networking safety behaviour, and the local government has always resolutely fought crime live action. In the meantime, the Chinese army also doesn’t support any hacker activity. 

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