BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's military spokesman said on Wednesday that the country's armed forces had never backed any hacking activities, denouncing the U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant's report as groundless both in facts and legal basis.
China's laws ban any activities disrupting cyber security and Chinese government always cracks down on cyber crimes, Geng Yansheng, spokesman with 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 cyberattacks against U.S. companies.
The spokesman said Mandiant's report was groundless in fact because the report came into the conclusion that the source of attack came from China only with the discovery that attacks were linked to IP addresses based in China.
First, as known to all, it is a common sense and method on the Internet to conduct hacking attacks by peculating IP addresses, the spokesman said, "it happens almost everyday."
Second, there has been no clear and consistent definition on cyberattacks around the world. The report is lack of legal basis to assert cyber espionage only by collecting some routine cyber activities, Geng said.
Third, cyberattack is transnational, anonymous and deceptive with its source often difficult to be identified. Releasing irresponsible information will not help solve problems, he said.
BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday said allegations of Chinese hacker attacks are groundless, reiterating the government's position on fighting cybercrime.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remark at a regular press briefing when asked to comment on a report by U.S. security company Mandiant stating that the company had traced cyber attacks waged against U.S. companies and government agencies to a unit of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Full story
BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese experts on Tuesday refuted latest accusations from the U.S. side linking Chinese authorities to alleged hacking activities.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal last week claimed that they had detected cyber attacks from China-based hackers, while China had been regularly labeled a major origin for cyber threats to the United States. This was promptly rejected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Full Story