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  (Source: AP)
U.S. is number two in world attack traffic (China is number one)

They're hacking the government.  The government is powerless to stop them in many cases.  They're hacking domestic firms.  Again, the government stands helpless.  Think we're talking about China hacking the U.S.?  Nope.

In an interesting twist, this week China -- the nation that U.S. security firms claim is the number one cyberaggressor -- claimed it is really the victim of a relentless and brutal cyberassault from the U.S.

In response to tough rhetoric by President Obama that continued Chinese hacking would bring "consequences" including, potentially, trade penalties, China's Defense Ministry hit back.  Geng Yansheng, Ministry spokesman commented in an online post (translated by Reuters).

The Defense Ministry and China Military Online websites have faced a serious threat from hacking attacks since they were established, and the number of hacks has risen steadily in recent years.

According to the IP addresses, the Defense Ministry and China Military Online websites were, in 2012, hacked on average from overseas 144,000 times a month, of which attacks from the U.S. accounted for 62.9 percent.

In addition to accusing the U.S. of victimizing his nation online, he also says that U.S. government officials were uncooperative in increasing "international cooperation" to stop hacking.  He implies the U.S. may be engaging in hypocrisy by openly expanding its own cyberwarfare capabilities, while leveling accusations against his nation, commenting, "We hope that the U.S. side can explain and clarify this."

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China claims the U.S. is the real cyberaggressor. [Image Source: Asia Society]

So is there any truth in his claims?  Well, according to security experts "kinda".  In a recent report by Akama Technologies, Inc. (AKAM), the U.S. was second in global attack traffic.  Approximately 13 percent of attacks come from the U.S.

In other words, China's claims are certainly feasible.  However, it is thought that much, if not all of the U.S. attack traffic originates from the private sector in the U.S.

China, by contrast, is number one in attack traffic.  33 percent of global attack traffic appears to come from China.  And what's more, while the Chinese government denies playing any role in hacking, a large part of that traffic is thought to come from a secret unit in the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Source: Chinese Defense Ministry via Reuters



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RE: duh...
By roykahn on 2/28/2013 8:19:50 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, there's always a threat from somewhere. Nasty communists are so bad that they should be attacked with military force and kept under sanctions for decades like Cuba or sprayed with Agent Orange like Vietnam. Nasty democratically elected governments that don't follow Western imperialist economics should be overthrown. Nasty African nations that don't allow their natural resources to be plundered are attacked. Nasty countries like Iran who don't bend to the will of America and Israel are economically strangled and its scientists assassinated.

Now them nasty Chinese are challenging the American world dominance via their growing economy and they need to be put in their place somehow. They will be kept under a short leash and allowed to provide cheap labor for American corporations but won't be allowed to become too ambitious. I also wonder how much this has to do with competition between US and China over African resources. China deals with African nations mostly via economic trade while America does so with arms sales and drone attacks.


RE: duh...
By MechanicalTechie on 2/28/13, Rating: 0
RE: duh...
By Cluebat on 3/1/2013 9:16:24 AM , Rating: 1
Get a room.


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