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China tries to deflect blame as evidence points towards organized cyber espionage from within Chinese borders

Cyber security issues have morphed from an issue of little importance to a major political issue in western nations, especially as China and several eastern European countries continue to bolster their cyber weapon arsenals.

Western nations routinely blame China for both government-operated hacking missions and organized cyberterrorism rings that operate in the country with very little legal recourse.

"This is purely another political issue that the West is trying to exaggerate," Beijing-based military analyst Song Xiaojun told a Chinese newspaper.  "As China grows, some in the West are trying every opportunity to manufacture fears over China's threat."

Many western security experts see China as one of the leading cyber threats in the world, and the country has been heavily criticized for alleged organized cyber attacks on western nations.  

"Cybersecurity has been a global issue, but this time those who see China as an emerging threat again have picked the subject as a new weapon," Peking University professor Zhu Feng said.

Despite Chinese officials showing outrage over being considered a cyber security threat, a spy network based in China reportedly hacked secure networks and government-operated systems in 103 nations, compromising around 1,300 computers total.  The Chinese computer espionage system, called GhostNet, targeted banks, other financial institutions, foreign embassies, media outlets, Tibet, and even the Dalai Lama.

"GhostNet is capable of taking full control of infected computers, including searching and downloading specific files, and covertly operating attached devices, including microphones and web cameras," according to the report.

Around 30 percent of PCs compromised are used by government agencies, according to the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and SecDev Group, who discovered the Chinese-led hacking operation.

There is a call for improved cybersecurity standards each time a western nation is targeted by an organized infiltration, especially when it originates from China.  Last month, President Barack Obama ordered a government-wide cyber security review, aimed at detecting possible vulnerable points at risk by foreign cyber threats.

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RE: just my thoughts
By lexluthermiester on 4/3/2009 3:05:29 AM , Rating: 2
It's sad that Americans believe everything they read.

We don't. Are you such a mentality that thinks we do?

Even if there was evidence,

There is, lots of it...

it could have been fabricated and given to the news corps

Possible, but why bother? It would be easier to simply hold the chinese government responsible for it's crimes against humanity[it's own people].

Consider this: What are the odds of one of the following happening?

Oh, let do shall we?

1. The U.S. Government lies.

Duh! And so does EVERY other government on the face of the earth. The difference is in the motives...

2. The news is controlled.

Again, this happens everywhere. But it happens a lot less here.

3. Evidence is fabricated and fed to the news.

Perhaps that is true. But what is also true is that there are many a nation that would love to see the USA fall to ruin. Not going to happen, but you all can continue trying.

4. The cake is never a lie and everything you read about foriegn nations is truth. A government lie to its people to obtain individual wealth and power? HORRORS! NEVER!

That was nothing more than complete drivel...

My fellow Americans, you're so gullible.

First, improve your spelling and second, look in a mirror.

Here's reality, we are being attacked. We have the right to defend ourselves. If you wish to count yourselves with our enemy's, then by all means prepare for our reaction. Cyber-terrorism nowadays is just as much a threat as real terrorism. And actions will be taken to remove that threat. Deal with it.

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