Why is China worried over cyber espionage: cyberspace a new battlefield?

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi denied accusations that China’s military was behind high-profile cyber attacks on Western websites. He called for “rules and cooperation”, instead of a cyberspace “war” or politics-driven smear campaigns, China Daily reported Sunday.

“Those reports may have caught the eye of many people, but they are built on shaky ground,…. He said governments should do their best to avoid turning the internet into a “another battlefield, or capitalize on virtual reality to interfere in another country’s internal affairs.”

“We oppose cyberspace becoming a new battlefield, and to using the Internet as a new tool to interfere in another country’s internal affairs.” said foreign minister Yang Jiechi.

Yang added that China has continually promoted establishing a “peaceful and secure” Internet, and supported rules on the matter in the U.N. “I hope that the relevant parties will stop the irresponsible attacks and criticism, and instead take practical actions to promote mutual trust and cooperation,” he said.

If you remember, both The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and New York Times (NYT) claimed they had fallen victim to hacks from China and then Twitter disclosed approximately a quarter of a million of its users may have been compromised in a hacker attack.
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Based on a report issued by the National Computer network Emergency Response technical Team Coordination Center of China (CNCERT or CNCERT/CC), popular chinese news websites such as people.com.cn, China.com.cn, Tibet.cn have all been victims of attack from foreign Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in the past 2 months.

China’s top Internet security agency, CNCERT or CNCERT/CC is the National CERT organization of China, which is serving as a national level network security monitoring center, warning center and emergency handling center. It provides supports to the governmental departments for fulfilling their network security-related social management and public service functions, ensures the safe operation of national information infrastructures and undertakes the network security monitoring, early warning and emergency response of control systems. Branches of CNCERT spread in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in mainland China.

A total of 85 websites of public institutions and companies were hacked from September 2012 to February 2013, including government agencies, a provincial examination authority, a property insurance company and a virus research facility in central China.

It noted that attacks on 39 of those websites were recorded from IPs within the United States.

From November 2012 to January 2013, the China National Vulnerability Database also recorded 5,792 hacking attempts from U.S. IP addresses.

The United States was the origin of more than half of the hacking attacks on China in the first two months of this year, Xinhua News Agency said: For the first two months of the year, 2,196 control servers in the United States “controlled” 1.29 million host computers in China, making it “the top-ranking country” that hacked into servers and host computers in China.  “A large amount of facts have proven that for many years, China has been one of the primary victims of cyber attacks,”

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