China: A Target of Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 @ 03:08 PM gHale

Blame is always the name of the game when it comes to a cyber attack.

“Who was behind the attack?” is usually one of the first questions and when in doubt, the first response is to usually blame the Chinese. Well, look on the other side as nearly 500,000 cyber attacks targeted computers in China last year and almost half originated overseas, the Chinese government said.

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This revelation comes on the heels of the McAfee report released late last week suggesting Beijing might be behind long-term security attacks internationally.

The vast majority of the attacks a Chinese monitoring agency reported were in the form of Trojan horse malware that installs on computers, allowing them to monitor usage and access personal information.

Of those Trojan horse attacks, 14.7 percent of those traced back to IP addresses in the United States and 8 percent in India.

The findings were on the website of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Center of China.

Computer security provider McAfee reported in early August that cyber attacks lasting at least five years targeted more than 70 entities, including national governments. Identified targets were the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and many American companies.

McAfee said the culprit was most likely a nation state.

China has not responded officially but state media has said the speculation of a Chinese link was irresponsible. China has denied all charges of hacking in the past and said the country itself is a victim of hacking.

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