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China Responds To Mandiant Accusations Through State Media

Xinhua
February 20,2013

China defense ministry refutes cyber attack allegations

China’s military spokesman said on Wednesday that the country’s armed forces had never backed any hacking activities, denouncing U.S. cyber security firm Mandiant’s report as groundless both in facts and legal basis.

China’s laws ban any activities disrupting cyber security and the Chinese government always cracks down on cyber crimes, Geng Yansheng, spokesman with the Ministry of National Defense, said at a briefing.

Mandiant on Monday released a report which alleged that a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai was behind years of cyber attacks against U.S. companies.

Geng said Mandiant’s report was groundless in fact because it came to the conclusion that the source of attack came from China simply because of the discovery that attacks were linked to IP addresses based in China.

First, as known to all, it is so common for hacking attacks on the Internet to take place by peculating IP addresses that “it happens almost everyday,” according to the spokesman.

Second, there has been no clear and consistent definition of cyber attacks around the world. The report lacks legal basis to assert cyber espionage only by cataloguing some routine cyber activities, he said.

Third, cyber attacks are transnational, anonymous and deceptive with their source often difficult to identify. Releasing irresponsible information will not help solve problems, Geng added.

The spokesman further said China actually is a major victim of cyber attacks.

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