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China says is information shows hacking attacks originating from the US

Recently, security company Mandiant accused the Chinese military of conducting hack attacks against numerous businesses within the United States. Mandiant claimed that the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398 was likely the driving force behind the hacking attacks.

The security firm maintains that this unit has carried out sustained attacks on a wide range of industries around the world. The Chinese Defense Ministry has denied the charges and recently issued a statement condemning Mandiant's claims.

"The report, in only relying on linking IP address to reach a conclusion the hacking attacks originated from China, lacks technical proof," the ministry said in a statement on its website (

"Everyone knows that the use of usurped IP addresses to carry out hacking attacks happens on an almost daily basis," it added.

"Second, there is still no internationally clear, unified definition of what consists of a 'hacking attack'. There is no legal evidence behind the report subjectively inducing that the everyday gathering of online (information) is online spying."

Mandiant maintains that Unit 61398 has stolen "hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations” for the past seven years. The security firm says that most of the victims of the located in the United States with smaller numbers of victims in Canada and Britain. The allegedly stolen data includes things such as details on mergers and acquisitions as well as e-mails of employees.

The Chinese Defense Ministry also says that its own information shows that a number of the hacking attacks against it originate from the United States. The ministry added, "But we don't use this as a reason to criticize the United States."

Source: Reuters

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I love a non-denial denial
By W00dmann on 2/20/2013 11:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
I love a non-denial denial, a la "there is no evidence to support... allegations are spurious and outrageous!... In over 50 years nobody has ever come forward with conclusive evidence to prove this has ever happened" and so forth. Blah blah blah. Note that they avoid saying something direct like "we (the gov't) have never endorsed, supported, or engaged in any kind of computer hacking or espionage on the United States". Instead, they dance on the head of a pin and go to great lengths to tell you why it MIGHT be shockingly unlikely this has happened, without ever actually coming out and saying "no we never did it". Lance Armstrong used to do exactly the same thing, and we all know how that turned out.

Honestly. Do they really take us for idiots? I can only hope that the US is stealing THEIR sh*t as fast as they steal ours.

RE: I love a non-denial denial
By drlumen on 2/20/2013 11:57:17 AM , Rating: 3
Part of the problem with "stealing their (shtuff)" is that their shtuff isn't worth stealing. Technology wise, everything they currently have they got from us or some other country. If we were to hack into their companies to "steal" tech it would only yield something they stole from Boeing or Raytheon or ...

Then, once the NSA or CIA or whomever has their shtuff, like info on solar cells, what are they supposed to do with it? Give it to one of our some PV companies only to find out it is their design?

It would be really funny if their were a honey pot out there with slews of fake tech. They would then have to wade through all the crap and hopefully spend money finding out it's crap.

RE: I love a non-denial denial
By theapparition on 2/20/2013 12:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
Make no mistake, the US is actively hacking China.

Now it's not for company proprietary information, secrets on their military tech (which is mostly ours), or looking for vulnerabilities in their utility infrastructure.

But I suspect that we are looking for high level espionage information, just so we can slow them down.

RE: I love a non-denial denial
By drlumen on 2/21/2013 3:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have no doubt we are hacking some Chinese systems for government information on N Korea for example. Perhaps some trade secrets (however unlikely) may be gained on some china tech. But I do believe the overwhelming majority of china's hacking is for IP.

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