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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 anomaly76 on 4/3/2009 4:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
But to be fair LexLuther,

I do thank you for serving our country and fighting for our freedom to speak eventhough you do not agree on what I stand for.

Not to sound sarcastic because im not, i sincerely can't thank you enough to risk your life to fight for my right to disagree with you. Unfortunately, many Americans do not acknowledges this and continue to rage in protest under the flag of anti-American foreign policies.

This is what our soldiers are dying for and it makes me sad to have this country pervert that idea that they died for oil. But thats another debate.

RE: just my thoughts
By lexluthermiester on 4/4/2009 7:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
Sharing ones personal views and having the liberty to choose ones own destiny is the very reason I served. I went to Iraq to help defend my fellow Americans and to help the Iraqi people. If I had died, it would not have been in vain. Your right to express your opinion as you wish is a human birth-right that is unfortunately not respected in many countries around the world, including China. People are put to death in China for sharing opinion and facts that cast a bad light on the Chinese government. This is both inhumane and dangerous. It is time for another revolution in China, in my opinion. Hopefully a government that has more respect for it's people may arise. It has happened before...

Was access to Iraqi oil part of the equation? Sure. It would be unreasonable to think it wasn't. But was it the primary reason for invasion? I can confidently answer that with a no. Saddam's reign represented a serious threat not just to our nations safety, but to that of our allies. I do not support Pres. Bush lying to us and the world about the real reasons. He needed to be honest about it and put his foot down to opposition. But I do support the fact that we were/are there. We've made a difference, and at the end of the day that is what counts. China's actions toward the US and it's allies is more subtle and sneaky but ultimately just as, if not more, dangerous than Iraq. If we do not take action now we may very well loose the ability to do so later. The thing is, I have no gripe with the people of China. Just it's bass ackwards government and military.

As for your Thanks, you are most welcome! Whether or not we agree on any one issue is of secondary concern to the right to do so. There are many folks here at home that express their opinions and it makes my blood boil sometimes. But I, like so many before me, served to protect their right to do just that. Many of those people are ignorant. But that is their right. And I'm glad they have it.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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