China defends itself against accusations related to cyber hacking

Shortly after a report indicated Chinese and Russian hackers were accused of targeting the U.S. power grid infrastructure, Chinese officials have vehemently denied the accusations.

"The intrusion doesn't exist at all," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said during a press conference.  "We hope that the concerned media will prudently deal with some groundless remarks, especially those concerning accusations against China."

China and Russia are blamed for attacking the U.S. electrical grid -- and while no damage was caused, viruses were found inside the network -- a cause for concern since the hackers would have been able to shut off the network whenever they wished.

"There's absolutely no substance in this story about China and Russia attacking the U.S. power grid," Yu added.  "I hope the relevant U.S. press can truthfully handle their reports, particularly about China."

Despite several western nations accusing China of leading organized hacker rings that target western governments, universities, banks and other organizations, the government has denied knowing about the attacks.

Earlier in the month, China again deflected any cyber espionage blame from western nations, saying it's just "another political issue that the West is trying to exaggerate."  Furthermore, China receiving blame for so many political issues by officials in Washington D.C. is just a major case of "China threat" that currently plagues politicians, Chinese officials said.

China also mentioned that it has been the victim of cyber attacks, and is willing to "enhance its cooperation with the international community."

Regardless of what Chinese government officials, western governments and security experts will likely continue to blame China for cyber attacks against governments, universities, banks, and other vital infrastructure across the western world.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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