China’s own top security chief is claiming to have mountains of data’ implicating the United States involvement with hacking into China’s computer networks. Nevertheless, China was quick not to directly blame the U.S. for any sponsored espionage, but instead made a plea for “greater unity between the two nations”.
This Thursday and Friday, President Barack Obama will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California to discuss greater co-operation between the two in regards to many issues that pertain to trade and the problems associated with Internet security.
During this past annual State of the Union Address, the President spoke on how the U.S. needed to beef up Internet security and pointed to a major problem the U.S. was facing in regards to the lack of cyber-security. Mandiant, which is a major security firm, recently reported that China was a major player in regards to hacking corporate and government servers in the U.S.
The Chinese government has repeatedly denied any involvement with hacking into U.S. computer networks and even turned the tables to say that they had been hacked by the U.S. Now China’s cyber security officials are saying they have ‘mountains’ of evidence pointing to the U.S. and claim they have “lost a considerable amount of data” from hacking
Huang Chengqing, who serves as China’s director of National Computer Network Emergency Response (CNCERT), recently called on better unity between the China and the U.S. “We have mountains of data, if we wanted to accuse the U.S., but it’s not helpful in solving the problem,” Chengquing said. He also said that the past hacking incidents claimed by the U.S. may have been better served through diplomacy by saying, “Some cases can be addressed if they had talked to us, why not let us know? It is not a constructive train of thought to solve problems.”
Last month the Washington Post reported on how much data was stolen by hackers originating out of China. The post, which cited government data records, wrote that hackers gained access to designs of more than two-dozen U.S. weapons systems along, many being top secret weapons designs which included combat aircraft such as newer drone stealth technology along with missile defense for parts of Europe, Asia and the Persian Gulf.
One very logical argument brought up by China was, why were top-secret documents connected to the Internet in the first place? “Even following the general principle of secret-keeping, it should not have been linked to the Internet,” Chengqing said.
Chengqing also noted that CNCERT has cooperated with as many as 32 Internet security breaches in the first four months of 2013 and done so very quickly. However, he continued to stress the issue that the purported cyber attacks coming from the U.S. into China are just as important as what Washington has argued.
CNCERT’s data shows that 4,062 U.S.-based cyber-attacks have successfully commandeered 2.91 million mainframe computers in China.
CNCERT ranks the U.S. as the #1 culprit in regards to hacking control servers and mainframes in China. In addition to servers, 249 websites belonging to a number of Chinese organizations and government departments were hacked and coded with Trojan horse / backdoor programs. Of those websites, China claimed 54 were hacked by U.S.-based IP addresses that successfully stole information.