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China Dismisses Claims of GhostNet Study

China out rightly denied the claims made in the study entitled "Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network" saying that these are made to describe China as an Internet threat and they are also exaggerated.

Blaming China, the study claims that the country used malicious software for espionage against the banished Tibetan government, the Dalai Lama's private office, and many foreign embassies. However, to stay safe, the study authors did not provide a conclusion by announcing that the malware was tied to the Chinese government, which helped China to reject the study's findings.

Commenting on this point, Graham Cluley, Security Expert at Sophos, writes on a blog that there are not enough evidences in the study to prove that the Government of China or the People's Liberation Army is responsible for the attacks. According to him, the mere use of Chinese computers for the operation does not imply that the authorities in China are responsible for the attack, as reported by Sophos on March 29, 2009.

Cluley further said that it would be difficult for him to believe if the Chinese government involved in cyber-spying, as reported by TheRegister on March 30, 2009.

Arguably, China is monitoring the activities of foreign businesses and governments for diplomatic, commercial and probably military benefits by using the Internet. But Cluley says that the UK, the US, Israel and other countries too are similarly engaged.

Besides Cluley, some security watchers in China also gave their opinion regarding the study. For instance, Beijing-based military and strategy analyst Song Xiaojun said that the accusation against China was clearly a political issue, which the Western governments were attempting to overestimate, as reported by CNN on March 30, 2009.

Additionally, Zhu Feng, a security analyst working as a Professor at Peking University's School of International Studies, said that cyber safety had been a worldwide issue. But at present, the security surveyors who observe China as a growing threat have raised the topic afresh and once again labeled China as a major threat to the global Internet, as reported by CNN on March 30, 2009.

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