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[ISN] MND website and China Military Online attacked by overseas hackers 144, 000-odd times per month


By Pang Qingjie and Lv Desheng
China Military Online
March 04, 2013

Geng Yansheng, director of the Information Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and spokesman of the MND, said at the regular press conference of the MND held on February 28, 2013 in Beijing that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has never supported any hacker attack.

Some media reported that the U.S. Mandiant Company released a report documenting evidence of cyber attacks by the PLA Unit 61398 on February 18, 2013. In response, Geng Yansheng said that the report made by the company is neither professional nor true to the fact. Some U.S. network security experts recently also held that the report is full of loopholes. Chinese law forbids any activity that undermines Internet security including hacker attacks, and the PLA has never supported any hacker activity.

Geng Yansheng expressed that like other countries, China is also faced with serious threats from cyber attacks and is one of the main victims of cyber attacks in the world. According to the IP addresses, the MND website and the China Military Online were attacked by overseas hackers for an average of 144,000-odd times per month in 2012, with 62.9 percent of these attacks originating from IP addresses in the U.S.

Geng Yansheng also said that the U.S. media recently reported that the U.S. side would adopt a preemptive cyber attack policy, i.e. greatly enlarge the size of its cyber warfare force and make cyber warfare rules. The above-mentioned practices are not conducive to the joint efforts of the international community to enhance network security. The U.S. side is expected to explain and clarify.

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