China demands answers from U.S. over spying claims
Mar. 24, 2014 - 10:51AM |
BEIJING — China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.
Beijing is “gravely concerned” about the claims and demands that any such spying be stopped, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing.
“China has made many representations to the U.S. We urge the U.S. to give a clear account and stop similar acts,” Hong said.
German weekly Der Spiegel and The New York Times said the NSA began targeting Huawei in early 2009. The reports cited secret U.S. intelligence documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The alleged spying began around the time that concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security.
Der Spiegel also claimed the NSA targeted officials including former President Hu Jintao, as well as ministries and banks.
Although China has been accused of sponsoring a vast cyberspying effort, Hong repeated Beijing’s claims that it opposes such actions.
“We consistently believe Internet communication technologies should be used to develop a country’s economy in a normal way, and not be used in stealing secret information, phone-tapping and monitoring,” Hong said.
Any link to your claim? I would like to read more about it.I personally think that the biggest shame on China's intelligence community is the defection of an incumbent EMBASSADOR, to SOUTH KOREA. The even bigger shame is that Chinese government, while in a negotiation about territorial waters with South Koreans, did not even know about this until the NORTH KOREANS told us, which cost us A LOT.
US Charges China with Cyber-Spying on American Firms
The Justice Department filed criminal charges against five hackers in the Chinese military Monday, accusing them of stealing American trade secrets through cyber-espionage, according to U.S. officials familiar with the case.
The efforts were directed at six American victim companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries. Among the victims were Westinghouse Electric, U.S. subsidiaries of SolarWorld AG, U.S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies and Alcoa.
"This is a case alleging economic espionage by members of the Chinese military and represent the first-ever charges against a state actor for this type of hacking," Attorney General Eric Holder said. More details of the charges are to be announced Holder in a morning news conference.
FBI Director James Comey told NBC News, "For too long, the Chinese government has blatantly sought to use cyber-espionage to obtain economic advantage for its state-owned industries."
The charges will name several individuals who are Chinese government employees, according to a U.S. official. "They used military and intelligence facilities to commit cyber-espionage against U.S. companies," the official said.
China's Foreign Ministry issued a strongly-worded statement on Monday, saying the accusation were "made up'' and it plans to suspend activities of the Sino-U.S. Internet working group.
"China is a staunch defender of network security, and the Chinese government, military and associated personnel have never engaged in online theft of trade secrets,'' the statement said.
The names of the targeted companies could not immediately be determined, but they were said to be in the energy and manufacturing sectors.
The Obama administration has long considered China the most aggressive nation in obtaining industrial secrets through spying.
"Chinese actors are the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage," said the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, a U.S. government agency, in a 2011 report.
A year ago, several U.S. newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, said hackers traced to China attacked their newsroom computer systems.
A spokesman for China's foreign ministry called any suggestion that the Chinese were involved in those intrusions "irresponsible," though U.S. security experts said China targeted news organizations in the U.S. and overseas to try to identify the sources of news leaks within the Chinese government.
Those disclosures prompted a computer security expert and former Justice Department lawyer, Marc Zwillinger to say, "the only computers these days that are safe from Chinese government hackers are computers that are turned off, unplugged, and thrown in the back seat of your car."
US charging other country of cyber hacking with a straight face. There's enough hypocrisy for one to drown in.