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.
quote: The fact is, if they didn't do it, they should be.
quote: The fact is, if they didn't do it, they should be. Any smart country will be continuously building it's means of fighting war in case it needs to use it.
quote: do you also think it would be a good idea for China to secretly rig U.S. electrical power infrastructure with explosives in case "it needs to use" them?
quote: eh, we'll never really find out who did it.
quote: Personally any equipment dealing with mission critical operations should not be on the wire
quote: China also mentioned that it has been the victim of cyber attacks
quote: It doesn't make sense why China would want to hurt the country that basically supports their economy.
quote: Surely that alone is proof that if these computers were hacked from a foreign country, it probably wasn't done under the control of that government.