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[ISN] US media hypes 'cyber Cold War'
By Wang Tian
December 20, 2011
Edited and translated by People's Daily Online
A Dec. 14 report by Bloomberg claimed that the networks of at least 760
companies, research universities, Internet service providers and
government agencies in the United States have been hit by the same elite
group of China-based cyber spies over the last decade.
The companies range from some of the largest corporations such as Google
and Intel to niche innovators in sectors like aerospace, semiconductors,
pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, according to intelligence data
obtained by Bloomberg News.
The report said that China-based hackers might have used the networks of
iBahn, a U.S.-based provider of Internet services to hotels, as a
launching pad into corporate networks that are connected to it, in order
to steal company secrets. Bloomberg called it the âCyber Cold Warâ in
the sensational report.
US accusations lack evidence
The Associated Press said in a recent report that most of the
China-based cyber attacks stealing critical data from U.S. companies and
government agencies were committed by 12 different hacker groups,
largely âbacked or directed byâ the Chinese government, according to
U.S. cyber security experts.
The Associated Press added that the âaggressive but stealthy attacksâ by
China-based hackers have stolen billions of dollars in U.S. intellectual
property and data, and U.S. officials at times can tell where the
hackers are and even who they may be according to certain âdistinct
signaturesâ of their attacks.
The article said U.S. intelligence officials alleged cyber attacks from
China were escalating, but âit was difficult to provideâ relevant
âevidence.â The article also said U.S. government officials were
reluctant to link these cyber attacks with the Chinese government
directly, but privately officials and experts generally expressed that
they believed the hackers were related to the Chinese government or
military. Some American cyber-security experts criticized the U.S.
governmentâs failure to put enough pressure on China to force it to
U.S. National Counterintelligence Executive Office opened a report
submitted to Congress titled âForeign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic
Secrets in Cyberspaceâ on Nov. 3, alleging by name that China and Russia
had stolen a lot of value U.S. economic secretes via the internet in the
past two years, which has created âincreasingly serious and persistent
threatâ to U.S. economic security.
China and Russia were âthe most ambitious collectorsâ of U.S. economic
information and technology, mainly targeting the U.S. economyâs key
sectors, such as information and military technology, according to the
The report particularly alleged that China was âthe worldâs most active
and most lasting economic espionage criminalâ and âU.S. private
companies and cyber-security experts have once reported computer network
intrusion attacks from Chinaâ but âcannot confirm who should be
responsible for that.â
The report predicted that what may be âstolenâ in the future would
possibly be information and communication technology; business
information on scarce natural resource suppliers or important business
information in U.S. enterprise and government negotiations; and military
technology, particularly technologies in marine systems, unmanned aerial
vehicles and other aerospace, civil or multi-purpose technology in clean
energy and pharmaceutical sectors.
China also victim of overseas hacker attacks
Some people abroad are fond of making rumors about cyber espionage, but
what they say is groundless, a spokesman with Chinaâs foreign ministry
said in response to the accusation.
The Chinese government opposes and forbids any kind of hacker attacks.
It is expressly stipulated in China's laws that any related network
crime would be investigated for criminal responsibilities in accordance
with the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China.
China's vulnerable network is a victim of major overseas hacker attacks
and is frequently subject to illegal hacking and attacks from certain
countries. Ensuring information and network security is a common
interest for all of the countries. China is committed to guarding
information and network security together with the international
community via mutually beneficial cooperation on an equal footing.
The spokesman also pointed out that there is another problem we should
pay more attention to, i.e. certain countries are keen on improving
their capabilities in the so-called cyber armament race. It has become a
top priority for the international community to find a way to prevent
the information and network space from turning into a new battleground,
but to guard its peace and make it be truly used to promote social
economic development and human welfare. The International Code on
Information Security jointly proposed by China, Russia and other
countries, aims to drive the international community to establish a
peaceful, safe, fair and open information and network space.
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