Chinese military denies allegations of hacking US Web sites
Newscast Media BEIJING—The Chinese military has denied allegations by a U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant on Monday that claimed in a report the Chinese military attacked some U.S. websites. Mandiant put forward as its main evidence a claim that many of the cyber attacks were launched from IP addresses registered in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai.
The Chinese however, claim, one does not need to be a cybersecurity expert to know that professional hackers usually exploit what is called the botnet in other parts of the world as proxies for attacks, not their own computers. The China’s foreign ministry and defense ministry both described the firm’s report as “amateurish” when they dismissed Mandiant’s false accusations.
Beijing believes if one takes a closer look at Mandiant’s report, it is not too difficult to find that it reeks of a commercial stunt.
In a statement accompanying the firm’s report, Kevin Mandia, founder and CEO of Mandiant, seems to do nothing but market the products and services of his company.
“Given the sheer amount of data this particular group (the hackers) has stolen, we decided it was necessary to arm and prepare as many organizations as possible to prevent additional losses,” he said.
The Chinese responded by saying, “Next time, the CEO could simply say, see the Chinese hackers? Hurry up, come and buy our cybersecurity services.”
Beijing asserts, as the birthplace of the World Wide Web, the United States already has a matchless superiority and ability to stage cyber attacks across the globe. Currently, the U.S. military has established a significant cyber force, including the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, which is a regular military unit tasked with carrying out cyber missions.