China Says the U.S. Has No Evidence That Its Military is Behind Hacks
February 20, 2013 9:50 AM
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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 (www.mod.gov.cn).
"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."
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RE: China's Politician's Sound Like Ours
2/20/2013 2:06:05 PM
For all you know, North Korea is China's proxy for any and perhaps all cyber attacks from the US. You don't know because experts don't know because it's not something you can really determine.
The internet is great obviously, but if this is the other edge of the blade I think its time to start having a conversation on where we go from here and what the future state of the "internet" is going to be.
We need ways to trust and not trust a source or at a minimum ID a user.
The internet as it exists now doesn't necessarily have to go away (how could it) but we now know things from having done this for 30 years in the real world.
I know its terribly painful to consider an alternative to the internet for obvious reasons but perhaps we are ready for an "extranet" that is more secure in nature and requires authentication by some means to even use.
Obviously something like this could be integrated into HTTP but I can't help but feel like if its an afterthought bolt-on it could be easily superceded.
I'm curious as to what others think about the current state of our IT infrastructure and what we as a nation can do to fix it.
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