China refutes cyber-attack accusation

April 24th, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): China has said that it was irresponsible on the part of other countries to allege that cyber-attacks originated in China without having thorough investigation.

“We have reiterated many times our policies of firmly opposing and severely cracking down on all crimes that damage the Internet, including hacking,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters.

Jiang’s remarks came in response to a question saying that the US government planned to create a new military command focusing on Pentagon computer networks and offensive capabilities in cyber warfare.

The plan was reported to protect its networks from attacks by hackers, Xinhua reported.

The attacks seemed to have originated in China, although it was difficult to determine the origin because of the ease of hiding identities online.

“It is rather irresponsible to easily affirm or allege, even without thorough investigation, that cyber-attacks originated in China,” Jiang said.

The number of Chinese netizens hit nearly 300 million by the end of last year, the largest scale in the world, said Jiang.

However, China’s information network also faces threat of cyber attacks, Jiang said. Statistics shows that hackers have attached 8 out of 10 computers in China with access to Internet, and 70 percent of botnets all over the world is in China. (ANI)

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