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Cyber claims just 'nonsense'

THE Chinese government did not get involved in nor support cyber attacks, a senior Cabinet official said yesterday.

The line from the official with the State Council Information Office dismisses recent Western accusations of the government and military being involved in hacking.

"The government has never supported or been involved in cyber attacks, and it will never do so. Those remarks are sheer nonsense," said Peng Bo, an official with the office's Internet bureau.

Some United States experts said Chinese military or government agencies might be breaking into computers to steal technology and trade secrets to help state-owned companies.

"The remarks are groundless. In fact, China is the country hit worst by worldwide hackers," Peng said.

Peng stressed that even if an attack was traced to China, it was likely that it originated in a foreign country.

"There are tens of thousands of computers in China that have been hijacked by people outside of China," Peng said.

Statistics from the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center reveal that China is the biggest victim of Internet hacking.

In 2009, there were about 262,000 Chinese computers connected to the Internet hijacked by Trojan programs tracked to overseas IP addresses. The top source of those, 16.61 percent, was computers based in the US.

More than 1 million IP addresses are under the control of foreign forces and the number of Websites tampered with by hackers exceeded 42,000 last year.


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