China is denying all accusations coming from the U.S. based Internet security firm, Mandiant. Mandiant recently reported that the Chinese military was behind a series of computer network break-ins inside the United States and in parts of Europe.
On Saturday, March 9, 2012, China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi called on the United States to help aide in stopping computer and server hacking via the Internet. China has angrily denied claims by the U.S. that its military is somehow involved in cyber espionage and that have been happeneing repeatedly throughout U.S. government computer networks along with some major private corporations.
Recently the U.S. based security firm Mandiant Corporation wrote in a detailed report showing what they said was undeniable evidence that the Chinese military was involved in computer network spying. Mandiant's report also said that the China-based hackers had infiltrated overseas networks as well and had stolen massive amounts of data from U.S. companies and other large corporations.
Mandiant said they were able to trace the spying back to a multi-storied building located in Shanghai. The building where an alleged network of recruited hackers worked, was supposedly set up for the sole purpose of infiltrating American owned corporations and government server networks around the globe.
Jiechi called the accusations nothing more than a politically motivated smear campaign by the U.S. “Anyone who tries to fabricate or piece together a sensational story to serve their political motive will not be able to blacken the name of others or whitewash themselves," Jiechi stated at a public news conference. “We hope the relevant parties will stop irresponsible attacks or accusations."
Last month China's Defense Ministry also denied the accusations and said that their government had never supported any such hacking into the U.S. and abroad. They also issued their own claims saying they too were hacked approximately 144,000 times per month with two-thirds of those attacks coming from the U.S.
Foreign Minister Jiechi called on the United Nations to help China work together with other nations to come up with some form of peaceful resolution to regulating the Internet and to help thwart any future computer network infiltrations.
Earlier this month a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report said that Chinese hackers have successfully broken into numerous U.S. gas pipeline operators from December 2011 through June 2012. The 23 gas pipeline companies were hacked into by e-mails that looked to be official but contained a Trojan horse that gave the hackers access. This one example that has many lawmakers worried since approximately 30% of the U.S. power grid is dependent on natural gas to produce energy.
A detailed report from the Obama Administration titled, “Administration Strategy on Mitigating The Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets”, published on February 13, 2012, discusses the urgency for the U.S. to update its computer network infrastructure to prevent any future attacks on the Internet.