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China accuses the US of routine hacks on government websites

01 Mar 2013
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China has accused the US of frequent cyber attacks on Defence Ministry and Chinese Military websites.

According to Reuters, China's ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said Chinese government websites get hacked 144,000 times a month. He reported that over 62 percent of those attacks originate from a US IP address.

The news comes following a recent Mandiant report which accused the Chinese military of funding cyber attacks on 141 companies. In the report, Mandiant linked a number of attacks back to IP addresses based in China.

Chinese officials fired back at the report by proclaiming that cyber criminals often bounce IP addresses off of Chinese servers.

At the time, officials said Chinese government websites are often hacked by people using US IP addresses. Military officials have said that the origin of the IP addresses featured in the attacks don't mean the attacks are from the US government.

Along with the denial of attacks, the Chinese government also recently reported that it does not have any soldiers currently engaging in cyber warfare. A statement on China's national defence website claimed that it only has soldiers running cyber warfare drills at this time.

Yansheng said that China's military is operating without a cyber warfare team in spite of other countries building up similar military divisions. He claimed China is still a long way behind the cyber spying capabilities of other countries. 

"Compared with military capabilities around the world there is still a gap," he said in a statement.

News comes in the wake of the ongoing RSA Conference 2013. During this year's conference security research firm Sophos gave a presentation asking for enterprise to ease up on concerns of cyber attacks from the Chinese government.

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James Dohnert
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James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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