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China must deal with its own cyber attacks against the defense ministry

Despite being constantly targeted due to its apparent organized cyber attacks against western countries, China has had to deal with its own repeated cyber attacks against government computer networks, a new report indicates.

It's unknown if the attacks were launched from within China, but government officials have deflected cyber espionage concerns, while also noting it has been attacked on numerous occasions.

"From the first day the national defense ministry Web site went online, it received a large volume of uninterrupted attacks," Web site designer Ji Guilin told Chinese media.  "In the first month of operations there were more than 2.3 million hack attacks."

It's unknown what type of attacks targeted the ministry, but it's possible a DDoS attack from a botnet is possible.

The ministry opened its website over the summer to help inform western nations who had concerns related to the country's vast military modernization campaign.  China has the largest military force in the world, including up to 2.3 million soldiers.  To support such a large number, China has increased its military budget in the past three years by around 50%.

Chinese reports indicate it has received 1.25 billion hits since late August, while being attacked 2.3 million times.

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By daInvincibleGama on 11/21/2009 3:41:15 PM , Rating: 5
but it's possible a DDoS attack from a botnet is possible.

Some editing would be nice.

This just in...
By Motoman on 11/20/2009 1:21:35 PM , Rating: 4
...a prolific cyber attack on one of China's most important industries has just been carried out, with the resultant message being:

"All your fortune coookie are belong to us now!"

So according to this...
By Smartless on 11/20/2009 1:28:44 PM , Rating: 4
They received 2.3 million attacks in their first month but since late August they have received 2.3 million attacks. So basically the hackers quit after the first month? What did China go, okay haha guys cut it out?

Yeah, I'm whiny, but still.
By trajan on 11/20/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yeah, I'm whiny, but still.
By trajan on 11/20/2009 1:14:16 PM , Rating: 3
haha victim of my own snark. should be:

"Although China has received heavy criticism due to cyber attacks it is alleged to have organized against western countries, a new report indicates that ironically China has been the victim of repeated cyber attacks against its own government networks."

It's China
By bug77 on 11/20/2009 2:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the level of censorship over there, just browsing the defense website might be considered an "attack".

By ExarKun333 on 11/20/09, Rating: -1
RE: Laughable
By ClownPuncher on 11/20/2009 3:03:01 PM , Rating: 3
Likely, these attacks (mostly) came from Chinese citizens.

While there are obviously people who agree with their own government over there, there are increasingly more young people who would like to see things change.

RE: Laughable
By dk494922 on 11/21/2009 9:08:04 AM , Rating: 2
No wonder they have more than 1700 people executed last year.

RE: Laughable
By chick0n on 11/21/09, Rating: 0
RE: Laughable
By Yaron on 11/22/2009 3:38:23 AM , Rating: 2
You mean BILLIONS - the American killed billions of people in the middle east.

RE: Laughable
By Treckin on 11/22/2009 3:46:43 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know why it should stop at billions, I have personally counted over 1.3 trillion Muslims killed by America.

RE: Laughable
By Yaron on 11/22/2009 4:15:03 AM , Rating: 3
When will the slaughter end?!

Yesterday, I was walking down the street when suddenly a huge American air-craft carrier drove down the road... do you know how many people were killed?!
The driver must have been drunk - too much drinking of babies blood.
The Devils!

RE: Laughable
By erikejw on 11/25/2009 9:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
You guys seriouslly need to play less GTA middle east ;)

RE: Laughable
By SpaceJumper on 11/23/2009 10:50:10 AM , Rating: 2
The number is million not trillion.

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