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Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 18:21
China summons US envoy over 'cyberspying'
By Agencies

 China summons US envoy over 'cyberspying'

WASHINGTON/BEIJING - Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned US Ambassador to China Max Baucus on Monday night, lodging a solemn representation after the United States charged five Chinese military officials with hacking into US companies despite China's strong protest, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry Tuesday morning.

Zheng "protested" the actions by the United States, saying the indictment had seriously harmed relations between both countries, the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Zheng told Baucus that depending on the development of the situation, China "will take further action on the so-called charges by the United States".

China's Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, also "made solemn representations" to the State Department on Monday. "The accusations that the United States have made against these Chinese officials are purely fictitious and extremely absurd," Cui was quoted as saying by the state-run China News Service said.

China's defence ministry summoned the American military attache on Tuesday to protest what they said were actions "that seriously violated norms governing international relations and for seriously slandering the image of the Chinese army".

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "fabricated facts'' would jeopardize China-US "cooperation and mutual trust'' after the United States charged five Chinese military officials on Monday with hacking into US companies to steal vital trade secrets.  

"China is steadfast in upholding cybersecurity,'' reads the Foreign Ministry statement. "The Chinese government, the Chinese military and their relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cybertheft of trade secrets. The US accusation against Chinese personnel is purely ungrounded and absurd.''

A spokesperson for China's State Internet Information Office on Monday published the latest data of US cyber attack. The US is the biggest attacker of China's cyber space, the spokesperson said, adding that the US charges of hacking against five Chinese military officers on Monday are "groundless".

Big-name American makers of nuclear and solar technology were the alleged targets that reported confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage stolen.  

The alleged targets were Alcoa World Alumina, Westinghouse Electric Co., Allegheny Technologies, US Steel Corp., the United Steelworkers Union and SolarWorld. The indictment, which includes charges of trade-secret theft and economic espionage, was issued in Pittsburgh, where most of the companies are based.

The defendants are all believed to be in China.

Latest data from the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center of China (NCNERTTCC) showed that from March 19 to May 18, a total of 2,077 Trojan horse networks or botnet servers in the US directly controlled 1.18 million host computers in China.

The NCNERTTCC found 135 host computers in the US carrying 563 phishing pages targeting Chinese websites that led to 14,000 phishing operations. In the same period, the center found 2,016 IP addresses in the US had implanted backdoors in 1,754 Chinese websites, involving 57,000 backdoor attacks.

The US attacks, infiltrates and taps Chinese networks belonging to governments, institutions, enterprises, universities and major communication backbone networks. Those activities target Chinese leaders, ordinary citizens and anyone with a mobile phone. In the meantime, the US repeatedly accuses China of spying and hacking.

China has repeatedly asked the US to stop, but it never makes any statement on its wiretaps, nor does it desist, not to mention make apology to the Chinese people.

After the Prism program leaked by Edward Snowden, the United States was accused by the whole world. However, it has never made retrospection, instead, it accuses others.

The spokesperson said the Chinese government opposes any kinds of cyber crimes, and any groundless accusations against the country.

If the United States goes its own way, China will take countermeasures, the spokesperson said.

 

 
 
 
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