China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

Mar 09, 2013 by Christopher Bodeen
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi leaves after a news conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China, Saturday, March 9, 2013. China's foreign minister has rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(AP)—China's foreign minister on Saturday rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

Yang Jiechi is the highest-level Chinese official to comment on the claims made in a widely endorsed report last month by U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant which traced to a Chinese based in Shanghai.

Although he did not address specific accusations, Yang described the claims as a politically motivated smear campaign.

"Anyone who tries to fabricate or piece together a sensational story to serve their political motive will not be able to blacken the name of others or whitewash themselves," Yang told reporters at an annual news conference held on the sidelines of the national legislature's annual session. "We hope the relevant parties will stop irresponsible attacks or accusations."

China's has also poured scorn on the accusations and denied ever supporting hacking attacks. It issued its own counter-claims last month, saying that overseas targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States.

's report said that Chinese military-backed cyberspies infiltrated overseas networks and stole massive amounts of data from U.S. companies and other entities. The report was widely praised by professionals interviewed by The Associated Press, who said it provided the most detailed picture yet of China's state-sponsored hacking efforts.

Yang said that as a major target for hacking attacks, China supports international regulations under the United Nations to keep the Internet peaceful, free and secure. Such initiatives have met with a cool reception from the U.S. and other nations, largely because of China's reputation for maintaining the world's most thorough and sophisticated Internet censorship regimes.

In addition to patrolling the domestic Internet for signs of dissent, China blocks global websites such as Facebook and Twitter that it sees as providing a platform for organizing activities against the ruling Communist Party.

"We oppose turning cyberspace into a new battlefield or using the Internet as a new tool to interfere in other countries' internal affairs," Yang said.

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phorbin
5 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2013
Of course he denied it.

What else is he going to do?
seilgu
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2013
Why not post "US gov denies XXX?". replace XXX by 911, eating candy, or having sex with a raccoon?
Dr_toad
1 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2013
I have a small English-only website, and last month there were 2509 attempts from Chinese IP address ranges to either attack or spam my site.

Of course, if I were running a Microsoft server I wouldn't be able to report that, since I'd have had to reformat and reinstall at least twice. (Mandiant's products are for MS shops only)

Draw your own conclusions.
frajo
1 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2013
Mandiant's report said that Chinese military-backed cyberspies infiltrated overseas networks and stole massive amounts of data from U.S. companies and other entities. The report was widely praised by cybersecurity professionals interviewed by The Associated Press

This means that we are witnessing a concerted effort of a company (working for profit), a press agency (working for profit), and some anonymous "cybersecurity professionals" (working for some undiclosed entity).
Lurker2358
1 / 5 (3) Mar 09, 2013
We never recovered those WMD in Iraq, so either the UN helped Iraq smuggle their weapons to Syria, or the U.S. intelligence agencies were a fraud.

Everyone is a liar.

Just remember that.

Whether capitalist, communist, corporation, or any other "ist," "-ion," "-ism" or "acy" they are all liars.

They'll lie to your face with a smile, while planning to stab you in the back.

"...shee! I'm your friend."

Democrat: "The republicans are lying."
Republican: "The democrats are lying."
Communist: "They're both lying."
Them: "So are they!"
Those: "And them too!"