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Belgium: The Latest Target of Chinese Hackers

Belgium is another new entrant to the list of nations that believe the Chinese hackers are attacking their government PCs, as reported by SecurityProProtal on May 7, 2008.

As per a statement given by Belgian Minister of Justice, Jo Vandeurzen, Chinese attackers have tried several times to hack into Belgian Federal Government computer networks alongwith other government department computers. The statement gained support from Karel De Grucht, Foreign Affairs Minister of Belgium, who said that his Ministry had been subject to espionage attacks in the last few weeks as reported by SecurityProProtal on May 7, 2008.

While these statements come from Belgium, government officials in the UK, the US and Germany have also warned that systematic attacks seem to be flowing from China. Since attackers can break into and use computers anywhere around the world, the assaults could as well be coming from online criminals using Chinese PCs as beachheads.

To elucidate on this uneven war support hypothesis that China could be one of the major origins of Internet attacks, the US Department of Defense recently issued a report that says albeit it is not clear if China's People's Liberation Army or other departments of the People's Republic of China government conducted these intrusions, one thing is apparent that the warfare capability developments have been consistent with the PLA literature on the subject, as reported by SecurityFocus on May 8, 2008.

However, China dismisses all accusations of committing any cyber attack on other countries. According to security experts, between two-dozens and a hundred countries routinely invade and strike each other's computer networks.

As is evident from previous reports, in September 2007, there was an accusation on the Chinese military that it hacked into a Pentagon computer system that functioned in the office of Robert Gates, Defense Secretary of the US.

Senior Technology Consultant, Graham Cluley, Sophos, security company, said that with spying going on among countries for years, it wouldn't be surprising that nations like China are not exploiting the situation, and using the Internet and computers to aid them in similar espionage, as reported by vnunet on May 7, 2008.

Related article: Belgian Defense Ministry Web Site Shuts Down Briefly

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